Bath Time

Katie still takes a bath most nights. She is perfectly capable of showering herself, but she prefers baths. Half the time I’m annoyed because there’s much to do around the house and I have to sit on the edge of the tub and help her wash her hair and time is precious.

Maddie just stopped taking baths one day and started showering all by herself. She didn’t give me any notice. She didn’t warn me that the last bath I gave her was the last bath I would give her. Surely if she would have warned me, I would have taken my time, treasured the moment, let my hands linger in her wet hair. I would remember our last bath time conversation and I would have memorized the smell of the soap on her body. I would have, right? I like to think so because time is precious.

So, I sit on the edge of the tub (even though I’m annoyed half the time) and I wash Katie’s hair and I watch her play and I listen to her endless jabber and I giggle at her giggle. Sometimes I am tempted to sneak away for a moment to throw the laundry in the dryer or load the dishes in the sink or sit on the toilet in silence. But I don’t. I sit on the edge of the tub because time is precious.

13 thoughts on “Bath Time

  1. Yes!!! You’re back. I feel so grateful to be able to enjoy your writing AGAIN!! Oh the angst. The longing. The holding onto what is precious and THE most important thing in the world. 💞💞💞

  2. Time does pass all too quickly – the children are so soon grown. This line especially caught my heart: ” I would remember our last bath time conversation and I would have memorized the smell of the soap on her body” – I could smell the soap, the shampoo – utterly poignant.

  3. It is so precious… I wish that I had woke up then when 2nd, Jeff, started taking showers. I am realizing it now with my dad. After three solid months in rehab, where I could only see him from a window, I get to sit and talk to him in his comfy chair at his condo. I love the finish on your short piece, Dana. xo nanc

  4. You’ve still got it, friend! I’m glad you are writing on this gem of a blog. Your writing is funny, wise and spot-on. I’ve always been mesmerized by the way you do so much with a few words. Time is precious.

  5. I’ve got two kids in this in-between stage too, and I also find myself trying to hang on to moments and to make sure I am remembering and treasuring. You describe these feelings so well.

  6. Even though we know it will happen, the growing up may take us by surprise. Time is precious. I enjoyed reading your slice, It made me think of my three daughters, the oldest twenty five and the youngest fifteen. I am thankful they still let me braid their hair.

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