My little guy Cooter has been under the weather for a few days. He started off complaining of a sore throat and then the sniffles hit. It all came to a head (his head) yesterday with coughing and sneezing that had us all running to get out of the spray zone.
He is a little more willing to cuddle when he’s like this. While this cold hasn’t knocked him out completely (thankful for that), he has wanted to sit right next to me as he worked on his math or read his book. He and Miss Sophie have gotten quite territorial over who gets to sit curled up on my right side. It’s been downright comical at times.
Yesterday evening the Fella was a little later getting home from work. I was scrambling to get Miss Sophie’s evening constitutional walk in before someone had to take our Princess to swim practice. It was cold, and my goal was that Cooter not have to get out in the weather or be left alone inside while I took Miss Sophie out.
So I quickly took our canine companion down the street while the Fella gathered up what he needed to head out the door a few minutes later. And while I was walking her, he took this picture.
Besides the boy himself, this is one of my most favorite things the Fella has given me.
Oh those bare toes and the mismatched pajamas and the shirt on backwards and the toting of Wicket the Ewok everywhere he goes–that’s enough to love it with my whole heart right there. This is Cooter’s childhood in one photograph.
And I love him so.
But what really fills my heart to bustin’ is what he’s doing.
Peering out from behind the curtain. Watching. Waiting. On Me.
As my oldest would say: all the feels, y’all.
That precious little guy. This little person who changed my world forever when he came into being–he was waiting on me.
I’m so not worthy.
Yesterday parts of our country saw some very harsh weather. Hugh Hollowell, the Director of Love Wins Ministries in North Carolina, wrote yesterday morning that he was walking in the snow from his house to open up the Hospitality House at Love Wins. He posted pictures, and this Georgia girl was impressed. Snow like that here and we’d be battening down the hatches and going nowhere. (Well, we’re doing that anyway based on temperatures alone, but still, SNOW. It’s been a while, and I’m not a big fan.)
A little while later he shared that he had been there twenty minutes and had already gotten a couple of phone calls.
Folks wanting to know if they were open. All day.
Hugh had folks waiting for him. Watching for him. Depending on him and his folks to be there.
To provide friendship, comfort, warmth, shelter, and food–for the body and soul. And he didn’t want to let them down.
I wonder if he feels worthy.
(I happen to think he is, just for the record.)
The thing that touched my heart last night as I went in and covered up my sleeping, sniffly boy was how humbling it is to be the one he was waiting on. And not just waiting, but actively watching and waiting for. Seeking.
I want to be worthy of that. I want to be the one he and his siblings can depend on like Hugh’s friends can depend on him. I don’t want to get caught up in the world and its expectations and busy-ness and not be there when one of them is looking for me. I don’t want to let any of them down.
I am honored to be the one.
I know it might not always be so. Eventually they will head out on their own paths and have other people to whom they might turn first. And that’s okay (I guess, thankful I have time to get adjusted to that thought), but for now, I’m working really hard to be worthy of those eyes and those toes and the mismatched pajamas–worthy of that heart looking to me to help guide the way.
Tonight I’m thankful for cuddles and for noses that are much better today. I am thankful there are people like Hugh who are there for those in need who are waiting and watching, so that right now I can be that person for my children at home. One day I want to be like him–helping where I can–but for now, this is where I belong. Coming home. To the ones who are waiting.
Love to all.
To support Hugh Hollowell and his staff helping those in need, please visit their website and find out what they need most this time of year. Click here to check it out.