Right now my two-year-old has a cough and a cold.
Right now he can’t sleep alone so he calls me in.
Right now I am tired and my muscles ache.
Right now my face is buried in the top of his head, his fine hair bristling my eyes.
Right now he needs me this much.
Tomorrow he will need me less.
Every day after this day he will need me less.
Right now he doesn’t need to nurse, he just needs my body against his.
Right now I smell him.
There is no way to describe it, but it is entirely him.
Right now my older son is asleep in his bed across the room.
I don’t remember how he smelled at two-years-old, but I remember loving his smell, inhaling it.
Right now I realize how deeply I miss it.
Just the two of us, alone together.
Right now the snow is melting and another storm is moving in.
Right now other mothers are lying in the dark with their children.
Or without their children.
Right now I’m trying to consume it all—
This vast, cold night in early March.
My tired, tender aches and longings.
The heat creaking.
The way our lives move up and out, stir and become still.
Right now I am listening to sleep rush over us all.
Cloaking us in memory.
Reaching for us in waves.
Salt in our eyes.
Brine in our dreams.