Every night, before she goes to bed and after she completes her bedtime routine of bathing, teeth brushing, and reading, my daughter recites her bedtime prayers.
The prayer is a simple blessing followed by a list of "special prayers" she wants God to hear. These "special prayers" usually involve getting to play or swim the following day, having a good night sleep, and, always, without fail, ends with:
"And please let Daddy not go to work tomorrow."
And it never gets old. It is as sweet as it is sad, and it serves to remind us of the larger than life role we play in our children's lives.
We could kiss her goodnight forever.
And then, as we quietly say our final goodnights and slowly close her bedroom door, she proceeds to belt out "Tomorrow" and "Hard-Knock Life" for the next 2o minutes.
2 years ago