By John W. Vander Velden
The soft early morning slipping through the sheers of his bedroom did not wake him. The soft and quiet way his beloved left his side, did not wake him. Nor the sounds down the hall as she worked in the kitchen. The aroma of fresh baking, muffins, blueberry, that slowly filled the air did not wake him. It was the sounds of laughter…familiar laughter…that drew him from deep slumber.
Rolling onto his left shoulder smiling as he listened to gay voices, certain he had been allowed to lay too long. A luxury rarely his, blinking as his mind yet foggy slowly grasped the new day’s beginnings. The doorknob turned slowly, the latch clicked softly not two feet from his face. Slowly the brown varnished wood began to move. Joyous eyes and smile peaked through the crack…the door’s slight opening. Bright and blue the eyes beneath the knob. His daughter quiet, though a giggle came from behind. The door pulled shut firmly with a squeal. Feet thumping down the hall and away.
Michael stifled a laugh as he remained, confident it would not be the last of Josie’s shenanigans, and knowing little Billy would not be excluded. It was not long. The knob jiggled a bit…a little one way then the other. “Let me do it.” Came the familiar sound, Josie’s voice, young yet assertive.
“No…I can…” Yet the latch remained resistant. Michael reached, opened the door slightly. Two faces…small and smaller pressed side by side peering in. Sharp eyes, naughty they seemed, one set bright blue the other deep brown. “You awake daddy?” Billy’s eyes dancing, his voice tentative.
Josie pushing the door aside shouted over her shoulder. “Daddy’s awake.” The children quickly climbed onto the bed tickling their father. It was morning!
1-29-2012 (302 Words)