we bought a king size bed last year in anticipation of such moments.
brandon asked me yesterday when we should ween them out of the bed.
i said they'd grow out of it soon.
he asked what does "soon" mean.
i said maybe 6 months but probably 5 years.
he said good.
and excerpt from mary oliver's "have you ever tried to enter the long black branches?":
do you think this world is only an entertainment for you?
never to enter the sea and notice how the water divides
with perfect courtesy, to let you in!
never to lie down with the grass, as though you were the grass!
never to leap to the air as you open your wings over
the dark acorn of your heart!
no wonder we hear, in your mournful voice, the complaint
that something is missing from your life!
who can open the door who does not reach for the latch?
who can travel the miles who does not put one foot
in front of the other, all attentive to what presents itself
who will behold the inner chamber who has not observed
with admiration, even with rapture, the outer stone?
well, there is time left-
fields everywhere invite you into them.