Snuggles are one of my favorite things. I could snuggle Pnut and Little Dude all day. But by bedtime, I'm ready for them to go to bed. We read books and snuggle, then it's time for them to sleep. Last night Pnut needed extra snuggles. About an hour after I put her to bed, I heard her at the top of the stairs asking for more. I was in the middle of cleaning the kitchen and trying to get ready for the next day. I really wanted to finish my chores and plop myself down on the sofa. As much as I love snuggles, I was a little disappointed they were interrupting my evening. But I went up and climbed in bed with Pnut. As I was laying there I asked myself "Why do my kids need this so much?" "What is so wonderful about snuggling with mom?"
It took me 5 seconds to think back to a time when I needed my mom's snuggles. I was a very anxious kid. So much so it was hard for me to get through my day without freaking out. To help me, my mom woke up much earlier than she needed to, so we could have time to snuggle on the sofa before she went to work and I went to school. I needed this. I'm guessing there were many days she would have liked to have that extra time to sleep, or have a quiet cup of coffee by herself. She gave up her alone time to comfort me. I remember feeling so peaceful with her. Sometimes I could hardly enjoy it because I was so worried it would end too soon.
I snuggled with Pnut until she fell asleep. I cried thinking about much I needed my mom to help me feel relaxed and at peace, when I was a little girl. I'm crying as I write this. I'm not sure why. Maybe it's realizing how powerful mom's love is. Realizing how much my children need me; not just to make their dinner and wash their clothes, but to help them feel safe.
Give you kids an extra snuggle or call your mom and tell her how much you love her!