Friday, November 6, 2009
'I will remember it again later,' she said
“While you’re sleeping, don’t forget how much I love you, Melía,” I told her.
(She hears this many nights, along with other valuable admonitions, such as, “Don’t eat yellow snow, Melía.” Some things just bear repeating.)
“I will not forget, Daddy.”
“But if I do forget, that’s OK. Because I will remember it again later.”
This rings in my heart like an eschatological prophecy of a time of trouble. She won’t forget, she assures me. But growing daughters and flawed fathers being who we are, it won’t be long before she will.
What will get in the way of the love? I wonder. Curfew? Homework? Careless words? Wardrobe? Other men? All of the above?
But my little prophetess assures me that the time of trouble will outlast neither my love nor her knowledge of it.
Lord, when she does forget, please remind me that it’s OK. We do that. We lose sight of what we've been standing on. Things loom larger than people for a minute. Ego pounds impatiently at the front door, and Love slips out the back.
But it is OK. Later, she will remember again.