I helped Maddie get dressed and I combed her unruly curls. “Please go wake up your sister,” I said to her. She ran off to Katie’s room while I stayed behind a few moments to make her bed.
Moments later I walked into Katie’s darkened room, but Maddie wasn’t standing beside Katie’s bed like I expected. No, Maddie had crawled right into the bed and was gently whispering, “Katie, it’s time to wake up.” I stood silently in the doorway watching as Maddie ran her fingers through Katie’s hair. Over and over, I watched her hand run the length of Katie’s hair and back again as she stared at Katie’s sleeping face.
It seemed to me to be the most loving gesture in all the world.