Wednesday, August 15, 2012

insomnia, popcorn and a daughter

It was late last night.
Very late.
Unwanted thoughts
rumbled in my head.
I got up, stepped over the dog
and tapped on Katie's door.
I love to curl up on her bed with its stuffed animals
left over from childhood.
I found Katie at her desk, and after a few minutes I yawned and felt so very sleepy.
Back to bed.
Wide awake 20 minutes later,
I padded back to Katie's room.
"Maybe I'm hungry."
"Let's make popcorn,"
her predictable answer.
And we agree on frugal microwave popcorn.
It goes like this:
Pour 1/4 cup popcorn in a paper lunch bag.
Roll the top down a couple of times.
Microwave for 2 minutes.
Salt and enjoy.
Absolute magic!
We are popcorn purists.
Katie's pops to perfection.
Mine burns and I run to the door,
afraid the smoke will set off the detector.
We watch a DVR'd show,
with our popcorn and apple juice.
And finally, at 2:30 a.m.
I say goodnight to Katie.
She's about to launch into adulthood.
For now, I'll enjoy
curling up on her bed,
giggling together,
and burning popcorn late at night.

1 comment:

Jenny Haller said...

Popcorn: a crunchy snack where conversations aren't required for quality time.