• While They Sleep


    It's this thing that parents do...watching their children sleep. It's like an out of body experience, hovering above an unconscious version of yourself. Everything becomes clear—your purpose, your existence, your wonder of angelic beings, because this is what they must do...hover...wait...watch. The only sound the gentle exhale of two collapsing lungs.

    Sometimes I'll bring my ear down to his chest. Within that soft shell swells an ocean, waves beating the shore like a distant drum. It's ataractic. Out of that tranquility surfaces a hope bottled up in these little ones. A hope they'll do more than I have or ever will. A hope they make a path with fewer mistakes. A hope they will just be...better. Maybe we watch them sleep at night so that we can.

    Jun 17, 2013 | Permalink (8) Total Comments

    Katherine left a comment on 7/9/2013 at 11:36 AM:

    how lovely.

    Sonia left a comment on 7/9/2013 at 1:11 AM:

    Lovely sentiment. Well said. Thank you for a beautiful post!

    M Arthur left a comment on 7/8/2013 at 9:35 PM:

    Pax Domini sit semper vobiscum…..

    PSP left a comment on 7/8/2013 at 7:49 PM:

    Yeah, I am with you dad.  I frequently come home from work at 1 am and give my girls a quick hug.  They never wake up.
    Also close your eyes and listen to them in the pool during the summer.  Nothing better.

    alicia left a comment on 7/8/2013 at 7:19 PM:

    very sweet.  the only thing sweeter is when you have all your kids in the same room asleep.  my boys used to share a room until they were 11&13; - sneaking into their room while they slept in side by side twins is something i will cherish forever.  now-a-days they get really ticked off if i get a shot of them asleep.  they are 14&16;, but i don’t care!  i still do it!

    Jen left a comment on 7/8/2013 at 2:04 PM:

    Awww, I love your sweet momma’s comment above. Children truly are a gift. They grow quickly. Enjoy those breaths.

    Matt left a comment on 7/8/2013 at 12:03 PM:

    AWESOME post, Fred.

    mom left a comment on 7/8/2013 at 11:48 AM:

    This is exactly how I feel towards you, my son who I love so much!