Natalie has started doing this thing, Molly told me yesterday. She’ll be playing along, happy like she always is, and then she’ll reach up to Molly – or crawl up on her - and just want to be held. She’ll put her arms around Molly’s neck and be perfectly happy there, tagging along with whatever Molly’s doing. Which would be fine, but sometimes Molly has to do something that requires putting her down, and then Nattie cries and cries and cries.
Enjoy it, I told her. When she’s 14, you’ll be willing to trade your left arm to hold her close again and she won’t have anything to do with you … until she turns, say, 33.
We both laughed, remembering. The moment reminded me of something Elizabeth Berg wrote, which I’ve adapted to fit my own circumstances:
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