D, in answer to this question that I posed in my last post, commented "Yes, why do you mention that?"
And I want to post my response:
I mention it, my friend, because I am surrounded by these wrapped moments -
at the end of every yoga class that you lead me through you wrap me in a blanket,
I often see my mother wrap my two year old daughter in her 'blanky' like an oversized newborn and hold her tight, just as once she held me, and as I held and hold all my children,
as I lay moaning and whining with cramping innards a few weeks ago my own 8 year old son saw me and of his own accord wrapped me with all the consideration and empathy of any sweet mother,
every night I wrap my children in their beds, sing to them and send them off to sleep and dreams,
and when our recent lost came in from the cold, it was the only act that made any sense to me, wrap him.
I mention it because it embodies a state that I seek - presence.
Because it says " I see you. I know you. I will comfort you. I am here for you."
I mention it because, in my mind, presence is the essence of mothering and wrapping a true selfless act of love.
I mention it because I see friends, women, wives so lost and bamboozled by the 'performance' of motherhood, sisterhood, wife, worker, consumer, maker, and on and on, that they have stopped seeing these simple but overwhelming gifts that they both give and receive, so intent on the grandiose gesture, the smallest most poignant gifts go unnoticed.
That now I can sit still enough to notice how full my life is of these wrapped moments is an unfathomable blessing.
Thank you for wrapping me D, every time it fills me up.