when you giggle with delight because you love being tickled
when you bang on the screen door because you want to play in the backyard
when you arch and scream in the bathtub
when you snuggle up a little closer because you are still waking up
when you fuss while i help you get dressed
when you tug on my hand and tell me to pick you up
when you knock matty’s toys over with mischief in your eyes
when you smile your big smile as we drop you off at school
when you go to your chair to let me know its time to eat
when you wrap your arms around my neck and hug me tight.
You might not say it like other almost-six-year-olds, but i hear you.