Thursday morning I went into my youngest daughter’s room. She is home between adventures. It’s 7:00 am. Phone alarm singing. Of course she doesn’t hear it. Never has. I quietly nudge, whisper wakes ups, and then rub her back. Purrs as if she’s a kitten. I stroke her head. Steeped in a drowsy tranquility. This doesn’t happen often anymore. The morning can wait. I look at my hand twirling her tangle of curls. It looks like my mother’s hand. I’m getting brown spots.
My eldest daughter is at the hospital waiting for labour to begin. Her first child. I’m going to be a grandmother. I remember holding her in my arms. Tick tock, the hands of the clock, gingham rocking horses, round and round, rhymes, prom dresses, butterfly kisses. Raindrop tears, hers and mine, over the years. A river flows between us.
My middle daughter is sleeping in the room next door. This too is a moment. She doesn’t live at home. I go in to say good morning. Light coming through the childhood curtain, single little bed, still the ruffled white linens. A ladybug is crawling across the cover. Like a picture in a storybook. Ladybug, ladybug fly away… Make a wish.
The baby came after eight in the evening. Morning to night. Life changes. Love happens. Something shifts. A miracle. He rests his perfect tiny hand on my daughter’s chest. We leave the hospital three hours after he is born. She can no longer remember a life without her son. Life begins again.
Friday evening. Baby had not yet been in the world for twenty-four hours. We gathered for dinner in her new home. It’s Shabbat. We light the candles, share Challa, drink sweet wine. Welcome to family. I sit at my daughter’s table. Look at what can happen in a day. What we can create. How much we can love. Sometimes we think that a day is not enough, we complain of all the reasons this or that cannot be accomplished today; or we never get around to doing what we want to do, no time, too busy, another day.
A day in the life. A day can change everything.