Sleepy Kid

I’ve been a parent for almost eight years now, but tonight was the first time I’ve ever carried a sleeping kid in from the car. Genevieve fell asleep on a five-minute drive home from a friend’s house, and stayed asleep through the closing of the garage door, through the unbuckling of the safety-seat straps, through the opening of the entryway door, through the trudging up the steps. She finally woke up just as I reached her room, murmuring, “I don’t even have my jacket off yet.” She was only half awake for the next ten minutes of bedtime routine, and then fell asleep again as soon as she was tucked under her covers.

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