05 January 2009

bubbly

i'm having an out-of-sorts kind of day. it began in the bleak hours of the morning with a nightmare so horrifying that it woke me, and instead of gulping in air and relief, a film of panic clung to my consciousness.

the day was fine, nice even, as mondays go: six loads of laundry cycling through the washer and dryer, the post processing of photos, a few hours of sewing, homework and games with the little people, coq au vin in the oven. and yet it's hard to shake the feeling that something, somewhere nearby, is wrong.

i am blessed. i know this. my life is a litany of good things that i neither earned nor deserve. and so i figure that i'm okay with having a day, every once in a while, where i'm strangely out of sorts.

so moving on.

my daughter is quite possibly the cleanest four year old in the history of personal cleanliness. she was the giddy recipient of bubble bath in a dora-shaped bottle, which, in case you have not heard, is the best. thing. ever. she tries to schedule bubble baths multiple times a day: i say, okay, let's clean up for lunch, and she says, yes, and then i will take a bath with my dora bubbles. i tell her that her brothers should be home soon and she says, i think i am stinky and so i need to take a bath with my dora bubbles.

i've spent so much of the past four years trying to coax her into the tub that i'm not even sure what to do with this. mostly i give in.

she may sport pruned fingers for the next seven months, but her strawberry soapy aroma is quite pleasant. and also, it renders my day just a little bit happier.

thank you, dora. thank you, elle. and thank you, God.

9 comments:

Jen M said...

Hope you find your peace again soon! Enjoy snuggling with your strawberry scented babe.

Tonya said...

so visual...I can almost smell that dora soap too...

I woke from a nightmare this morning with a similar feel about me...pregnancy nightmares always debut about this time...I think it is the uncomfortable sleep ;)...anyhoo..I am sure once my girls awake they will chase away the yucky feelings...maybe I should pick up some of that dora soap...sounds lovely!

have a beautiful day!

Jenn said...

You crack me up Nic. It's probably a good thing L loves soap so much...once all those boys hit teenhood they are likely to never want to shower again ;) Good to have at least one child that smells lovely :)

Hope your day turned out bright and happy!!

take a bow Jenn

~love said...

we have the dora bubbles, too. anika loves them! though she hasn't tried that schedule-baths-in-multiple-times-a-day thing. =)

i don't know why i can't stop wondering this right now...but do you ever call your L "elle" accidently?? (or the other little people?!)

kris said...

I hope that her needs remain that simple-what an easy teenager she will be if we can continue to buy her sweet smelling soap!

PamperingBeki said...

My 2 year old takes Mickey Mouse bubble baths 3 or 4 times a day. Sometimes it's up to 5 or 6 baths a day. But it keeps him happy so I don't mind. :)

Kimberly said...

I can so imagine that smell!

Geeta said...

A-dora-ble...

Oh God, did I really have to say that? Yes I did, because my sense of humour is that lame:)

Amelia said...

I love it! I need Dora to come help my 10 year old learn more about personal cleanliness. :o)

xo~Amelia