I’m sat on the sofa, or propped up in bed. Invariably I’ve got my iPad and I’m working. The small boy, wanders in, spies me and goes in for a snuggle. We sit in companionable silence for a while, me enjoying his closeness, for it is a rare thing. Then the questioning starts.
Me: Do you want a drink?
Me: Do you want a snack?
Me: Do you need a wee?
Me: Do you need a poo?
Me: Do you need a tickle?
Him: No (he squirms)
Me: Do you need me to blow a raspberry on your belly?
Him: No (he squirms some more)
Me: Do you need me to eat your feet?
Him: No (he kicks his legs so I can’t grab his feet and he giggles)
Me: Do you need me to bite your bum?
Him: No. Not my bum!
Me: Do you need me to squeeze your squeezy cheeks?
Him: Noooooooo Mummy!
Me: Are you sure you don’t need a tickle?
Him: No. I do NOT.
Me: Do you need me to kiss you all over your face?
Him: No Mummy no!
What he really means is yes Mummy yes. So I do all of the above and we dissolve into a giggling, tickling, squealing mess. Then we sit, snuggled just a little bit closer and carry on sitting in our own special companionable silence.
I love these moments.