This morning, as restless birds announced the first traces of dawn,

My newborn daughter also stirred, yearning for the comfort of warm arms.

I laid her on my chest, embraced her as I drifted in and out of sleep.

And behind my eyelids, her brother appeared,

His arms outstretched to hug me, his hair golden and glowing,

His smile illuminating him: pure love, pure light.

He sat in my lap,

Wrapped his whole little body around me,

Told me he loved me.

And the boy-shaped hole in my heart felt, for just a moment, almost full again.

I awoke to find myself hugging his sister, tears streaking my face,

Overcome with love for my children,

My dream boy, my dreamy girl.

Our family photo shoot, just one week prior to his diagnosis.


Photos courtesy of In Her Image Photography.

9 thoughts on “embrace

  1. Oh my darling Timaree. Some things are beyond words, they’re just pure love. I wish I could hug you in this moment. I thank you for sharing such a personal, precious moment in time. I love you. xxxx

  2. How wondrous love is. How beautiful, even when it hurts. Bless you my friend. You are an amazing person. Sending to you and your wife, as always, love and hugs and positive thoughts.

  3. Oh, so much love. I had a similar experience when I was in the thick of grief after my mother died. She came to me and gave me a comforting hug as I cried silent tears in the shower. It felt viscerally real. I am so happy for you and Jodi, and “little sister.” Congratulations. She is beautiful and so welcome!

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