It’s late at night and the darkness fills the room around us.
You are curled up on my shoulder and I can feel your tiny body wiggle around to find that perfect position.
Your arms reaches down and searches around. Your little fingers find mine and tightly wrapped around them.
At that moment I feel your little body settle in, completely content and secure from the world around you.
It’s time for you to eat. You curl your little body into the groove of my arm and settle in.
With one hand you reach up and gently touch the side of my face.
Your other hand flails about, searching for that one place.
It reaches out, finally finding my own finger.
Your tiny fingers wrap around mine, and I can feel your body relax and blend into me.
You’re entering a world that is unfamiliar to you.
There are sounds that you haven’t heard before. Sights that you haven’t seen before.
Unfamiliar people. Unfamiliar surroundings.
Your insecurities are pushing through and I can see the fear settle into your big beautiful eyes.
Instinctively, your hand reaches out and grabs mine.
As your fingers tightly grasp my own, your heart rate slows and I can see the panic drift away.
To you, I am safe.
I am love and security.
I am a familiar smile when the world turns upside down.
I am a warm embrace when the tears won’t seem to stop.
I am your calm.
I am home.