"I like sitting here snuggling you," I whisper, "even though I can't talk right now." Myra smiles. Adult conversation swirls around us. She's folded up like a map of the universe under my arm. She nods. I lean closer.
"I'm just trying to get a booger out of my nose," she whispers in full voice.
"Oh," I say from the corner of my mouth. I peek to see her cleaning her fingernails. Surrounded by a labyrinth of plaid, the old red couch engulfs us. It's a micro-universe.
"I got it," she says.
"Ok," I say.
Conversation splays in front of me. Craig and I talk principles and worldview. I try to listen more than I talk, but all the while this other universe unfolds just below the surface. Counterpoint. Many melodies at once, the chords interlock.
5616. Cerissa gives birth to a new life. Baby Theo arrives safe and perfect. Life resplendent greets us.
5617. "I cannot believe how sweet that baby is." Lucy whispers. She utters it absent minded as if still up that hospital room holding him.
5618. We have dinner on the farm and pick two boxes of apples, then swing from the rope up in the barn.
5619. I make a pan of lemon/lime bars from scratch.
5620. We start soup season with a stockpot brimming with chicken stock.
5621. Craig takes me on a date of thrifting, fast becoming a pastime of pleasure for us.
5622. Cerissa and Dan's kids while away the hours waiting for baby Theo at our house. Cousins, what joy.
5623. Mom and I have coffee and a morning of fall together. We gather groceries and run errands, laugh and speak life to each other.
5624. I start reading Oswald Chamber's My Utmost For His Highest. What a gem of a book.
5625. I finish knitting a bootie and hat set for Betsy.
5626. We thank the Lord for another week together. Character and love grows between us.