Kim and the kids were downstairs decorating Valentine’s Day cards. I decided to slip upstairs and relax.
How often do you sit back and think? No music or TV blaring in the background. Phone turned off. No distractions or interruptions.
I don’t do this very often. Or when I do, I allow my mind to wander to an email I should send or wonder how tonight’s rose ceremony on the Bachelor will go down.
But tonight was different.
I sat there on a couch a friend gave us a few years back. It doesn’t match the room, and only the dog considers it comfortable. We’ve talked for four years about replacing it. We’ll probably still be discussing its replacement in another four years.
When I sat down on it tonight, I was pleased to find it was missing only one cushion. I turned my body to the side and eventually found a comfortable position with a blanket wedged under my head because I didn’t feel like tracking down a pillow.
And there I sat for a while thinking about nothing. I could hear the rain coming down on the back porch, and occasionally I’d hear one of the kids laugh from the basement. But it’s been a while since I carved out some time to just think.
As I was about to head downstairs to see how the Valentines were coming along, Luca tip-toed up the stairs and curled up next to me. She didn’t say a word. She didn’t try to tickle me or beg for gum or root beer.
We talked for a while. We laughed a lot. She asked me dozens of questions, many of which I couldn’t answer such as, “What is your worst favorite color?” (Pink is her answer)
She whips through topics so fast I can barely keep up. She tells me about a film she watched at school followed by something funny one of her classmates did at recess before explaining why she should be able to stay up late to watch Men in Black 2.
And like that, she was off to check on her Valentines.
I went back to staring at the wall.
But this time the first thought that popped into my mind was this: Everyone should be so lucky to have a daughter who doesn’t care if the couch is uncomfortable and missing cushions.