Reece: "Is the day over?"
Me: "It is."
Reece: "Why does it have to be over?"
Me: "Because the sun has gone to sleep and the moon and the stars have come out to watch over us."
Reece: "Will the sun come out again?"
Me: "Yes. After we close our eyes and get a little rest, the sun will wake up shining bright to start another day."
For the last month Reece and I have a little conversation like this each and every night. He usually asks the question after dinner for the first time. And I say it is not quite over yet, but soon. Then after our bedtime stories the above conversation takes place.
Sometimes we will talk about his day and all the things he enjoyed about it. Sometimes I will ask him about his most favourite part of the day. And sometimes we just snuggle together. It is during the snuggle time that I can feel it, the passion he has for life. The complete abandon with which he goes about his days, giving them everything he has got, leaving him tired at the end of the day, but sad to see it end.
These days of his are so full right now...full of fun, love, laughter, play, wonder, excitement, adventure and more. He is so immersed in them he doesn't want them to end, he wants them to go on and on.
I remind him that each day is a new day, a new day filled with more than the day before. He looks at me after this reminder and smiles.
Then a little "love you" before we nurse, and off to dreamland he goes.
As I watch him fade away to dreamland, I am filled with joy that this little man of mine is living each day on his own terms, in his own way and loving it so much he doesn't want them to end.
What more could a mama ask for.