“The giraffe has a long, black tongue,” J reads aloud to Lala.

They laugh as they look at the picture.

J continues, her voice patient and gentle as she reads from the just delivered kids’ nature magazine.

“The harvest mouse is the weight of a pencil. Here, let me go get a pencil, Lala, so you can see what that feels like,” J says.

A moment later, Lala’s feet pad to the kitchen. She is holding a pencil up at me and smiling big.

“Mama, feel this. Can you believe a harvest mouse is so little?”

Lala runs back to the couch.

“The harvest mouse makes a nest the size of a baseball,” J reads. “Wait here, Lala, I’ll be right back.”

J returns from the basement with a baseball, turning it in her hand to feel the size.

“Here, Lala, this is how big a harvest mouse nest is!”

Wow,” Lala answers.

Little feet pad to the kitchen. “Mama, this is the size of a harvest mouse nest!” Lala says, and then runs back to the couch.

I spend so much time teaching my girls how to be together and can feel a failure as they elbow for their own way, gripe about who “always” gets to fasten her seatbelt across the car’s center row first, when they ignore and boss and pick.

All of this is learning to be together, too, I know.

But here as I chop vegetables, I hold the tender beauty of right here. My girls reading, teaching and listening, sharing a blanket, a magazine and a simple memory on the couch together, and with me.


Joining up today with the lovely Five Minute Friday peeps at Lisa-Jo’s

This is Day 25 of Right Here. Throughout October, I’m joining with a community of bloggers (linking up with The Nester) — all of whom are writing each day of the month about a topic of their choosing. To find all posts in 31 Days of Right Here, click here, or see the listing below.

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An introduction: Welcome to 31 Days of Right Here
Day 1: For You, Too
Day 2: Fear’s Invitation
Day 3: My Portion
Day 4: Five Minute Friday: Write
Day 5: Rise and Shine
Day 6: My Joys Mount As Do the Birds
Day 7: A Mother’s Fierce Love
Day 8: When Life’s A Mad Rush – How To Slow Time
Day 9: The Fight For Right Here Told Through Two Tales of Epic Whining (Part I)
Day 10: The Fight For Right Here Told Through Two Tales of Epic Whining (Part II)
Day 11: Five Minute Friday: Ordinary
Day 12: When Right Here’s A Mess
Day 13: O God, We Thank You
Day 14: The Date That Almost Wasn’t
Day 15: One Thing That Makes Us Human
Day 16: That We Might See And Remember
Day 17: In Which I Hit A Wall
Day 18: Five Minute Friday: Laundry
Day 19: When You Can’t Hold All The Moments
Day 20: Let Me Walk In Beauty
Day 21: Tend This Seed
Day 22: Just One More Click Away
Day 23: A Reset
Day 24: What We Hold
Day 25: Five Minute Friday: Together

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