Today was Emilio’s first birthday party. It was a hectic day, and yesterday was a bit wild too — doing errands, setting up for the party, putting up decorations, then trying to get Emilio to nap this morning, before the guests arrived. Adrienne nursed him in his darkened room, but he didn’t fall asleep. I took him to try rocking him to sleep, and he would fall asleep on my shoulder, but wouldn’t let me transfer him to the crib. So I kept holding him in the dark room, put my own head back against the chair, and let the rocking settle me too.
Small stone: A grandchild’s strong young body sleeping against mine, a full day coming as we let a few minutes of rest sink into us.