Dragons

by Jennifer on May 28, 2013

“Mommy.  See dragons?”

With my eyes still closed, I felt his tiny hands climb up my chest.  Warm air hit my cheek, and I recognized the sweet smell of toddler breath.

“Mommy,” was in my ear as the clouds of sleep drifted away.  I childishly grabbed at them, not quite ready to give them up.  I weighed the likelihood of him falling back into sleep if I just kept my eyes closed a bit longer.

“Mommy.”

I created tiny slits with my eyelids to see if he was looking at me.

Yep.  He was.

“Mommy. See dragons?” S lifted his arm and pointed out the window over our bed.  “BIG ones,” he emphasized with a whisper and irresistibly big two-year-old eyes.

I lifted myself up and looked out the window onto our front lawn.  I stared past our big oak tree and the baby swing, still in the quiet of the morning.

“See them?  See dragons?” he repeated hopefully.

I smiled, as much on the inside as a soft joy filled me as on the outside, for him, and relaxed my eyes.

And I saw them.

Dragons.

Lumbering across our front lawn, wings folded tight against his body, slick, shiny scales reflecting a pale blue in the morning sun, was a dragon.  He was magnificent.  I recall having seem him a time or two before, in my younger days.

A few paces to his right sat a smaller version, reddish in color and resembling one of S’s favorite toys.  He lounged on his hindquarters, complacently surveying the yard with an air of regal ownership.

“Yes, baby.  I see them,” I whispered, grabbing him in a hug. “Such a spectacular way to wake up, with dragons in the yard.  We are so very lucky to have dragons.”

And I meant every word.

 
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Christie May 28, 2013 at 9:54 pm

You’re the master of these gorgeously crafted scenes that don’t come across as cheesy or cloying. They are simply sublime.

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Joe (Kellie's World) May 28, 2013 at 10:13 pm

I don’t have dragons, but I want them. Where do you get dragons?
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zoe May 28, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Im with joe , I want dragons too. I read this and just said “OOOOHHHH”…So well done.

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Robbie May 29, 2013 at 12:00 am

beautiful. If only we could see life thru the eyes of a child more often-what different world this might be.
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Marcy May 29, 2013 at 5:16 am

I love that moment when you can close your eyes and snatch back your clouds of sleep.
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Blogging Bibliophile May 29, 2013 at 7:40 am

I love your description of the dragon. You captured this moment so beautifully. I, too, see those dragons “lumbering” (great word!) across your yard.
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Kristin May 29, 2013 at 8:17 am

Lovely. You are a great mommy.
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Samantha Brinn Merel May 29, 2013 at 9:55 am

“I recall having seem him a time or two before, in my younger days.”

This is so lovely. I think the entire world would be better if we could all just recapture a little of the imagination and wonder that we had as children. I hope your son holds on to his.
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that cynking feeling May 29, 2013 at 10:24 am

I think I’ve always been too literal to see the dragons. Thanking you for sharing your vision.
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Karen May 29, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Beautiful imagery – perfect.

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Mamarific May 29, 2013 at 6:51 pm

I love this…every luscious word of it!!!
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Mary @ A Teachable Mom May 29, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Gorgeous imagery and sentiment! I’ll have what you’re having as my wake up routine!
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icescreammama May 30, 2013 at 9:32 am

perfect. love your dreamy morning sighting.
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molly May 30, 2013 at 7:16 pm

I love it – imagination is a beautiful thing. Well done!

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Jamie@SouthMainMuse October 10, 2013 at 8:44 pm

I was told I had a great many imaginary friends when I was younger. Blamed a lot of my mischief on them. I think seeing dragons would have been way cooler. Loved the way you described him – I was trying to imagine every detail.
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