Molly: (untamed nap time curls falling in her eyes) Good morning, mama.
Me: (lounging on the sofa, looking up from my book) Good morning, Ms. Molly MaGoo. Good morning, even though it is 4 o’clock and soon it will be evening time.
Molly: (crawling into my lap, looking past me out our large picture window) It morning time, but no sun. No sun, mama! Look, no sun.
Me: (sighing into the gray rainy winter afternoon) That is right, there is no sun today. The sun said to the clouds, “Clouds, today I shall give you the day and in return you shall give me a rest!” and the clouds cheered…
Me: (giggling) And the clouds took over the day for the sun and blanketed the world in a cozy haze so we also could rest: the trees and the people, the plants in the fields and cats and the dogs .
Molly: (yawing) and ducks.
Me: And ducks. (smiling) Because everyone deserved a chance to be the center of attention, no matter how gray, and shinny, entertaining, delightful things also deserve a chance to sit in the audience. This is why we have summer and winter, spring and fall. To everything there is a season…
Molly: (curled into my lap, watching raindrops start to fall and race down our large picture window) Shhhhhhhhh, mama. The sun is resting. Now is chuva (rain)!
Me: (hugging her tight)