Bookended moments

This morning —

Dropped off J at school, who is almost 11. In the parking lot he made me roll down the car window and gave me a kiss goodbye. When we walk together, he still sometimes reaches out for my hand. Those times are diminishing, but I'm still grateful for them.

Tonight —

Setting L down to sleep, giving her a dream about (done nightly - I suggest an amusing dream) I made a joke about not being useful. She said "Papa, you are very useful. I could talk about the reasons why for 28 hours."