14 Steps

There are about 14 steps from my little girls’ room to the living room.  Every weekday morning, around 6:00 a.m., I head to their room.  Taking turns, I wrap each girl in their blanket and carry them out to the living room.  They are heavy with sleep.  But in small ways they snuggle into my arms; an arm around my neck, moving their head onto my chest, or curling up into the fetal position to fit in my arms.

The girls are five and four years old.  I can shake them awake. They could walk to the living room.  They find their way to our room at two in the morning, that’s for sure.  But it is 14 steps.  It is 14 steps that I will, soon enough, not walk with them in my arms.  They will grow and be too heavy with age to carry. It is 14 steps that I can show them that dad loves them.

Some of our greatest moments are the smallest.  What can you do today in 14 steps?  Find that path and watch how the world looks better in just 14 steps.


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