Whirling Dervish used to ask me this quite a bit when he was little. Pretty much from the time he could talk he would say this phrase and I knew he needed some mommy love. Two, three, four times a day I would hear him utter that phrase that melted my heart each time. How can a living, breathing mom refuse such adorableness? Not me. And I didn't want to. We'd read books, sing songs and I'd watch him fall asleep all while having a good cuddle.
He's still a bit of a snuggle bug at age six. But he's long grown out of the cute phrase.
I miss it. A lot.
Sometimes he pulls away even when I can see in his eyes that he really does want snuggles. After all, he's a "big" kindergartner now. * tissue please * And other times the kisses and hugs seem never ending, though those are getting fewer and farther in between.
I knew this would happen. I sure was warned often enough, "They grow up so quickly. Enjoy it while you can" was the most repeated catch phrase I have heard for the last nine years - since my oldest was born. Usually when I
I caught myself before saying it to another mother - just this week, in fact. It was the first time I thought to say it to someone else. And I felt a moment of panic. Because it made me feel old. Isn't it always the older mothers who say things like that? Ack!
At any rate . . . back to the snuggle bunny . . .
He has a new thing now: He kisses each of my cheeks, my nose and then my chin. If he is feeling particularly snuggly and generous, he will ask me to do the same to him. And I take him up on it, every time.
It's not exactly "I hold you, Mommy?" but I'll take it. Especially since it means holding him a few precious moments more.
Counting it all snuggly joy,
(Thank you to Jenny on the Spot for the inspiration for this post where she talks about her snuggle bunny.)