Wednesday, November 04, 2009

A child's prayer

I don't mean to blog about Miriam two times in a row, but I just can't resist, not today.

I think most parents would agree that the time their kids spend away from them is like a little black box. Even though it is refreshing to be away from them once in a while, after the fact I find myself almost rabid with curiosity: what did they act like while I was gone? Was it the same way they act when I'm there? What funny things did they say and do? In other words, what is my child like when I'm not there to coach and guide her?

Last night, I got a special peek inside the little black box. Miriam wasn't feeling well all day yesterday, and in the middle of the night I sat up with her for a while because she had a fever. I gave her some medicine and then lay down in her bed with her and stroked her hair while I waited for it to kick in so she could feel better and get some rest.

She was finally calming down, so I gave her a kiss, tucked her in, and went back to my own room. But first, I stopped by the bathroom to wash my hands of any germs. And that's how I happened to be walking by her partially closed door when I overheard her say a prayer. It was so precious that even in my sleepy state I made sure to memorize it. It went like this:

Heavenly Father,
Please bless me to not cough so much,
And why are there so many junks in there?
And please help me to sleep until the clock says seven--
--I mean eight.
And please bless Madgalena that she won't wake up in the middle of the night and cry,
And please bless me to not have so many boogers in my nose.

In the name of Jesus Christ,



Liz Johnson said...

Seriously though, why are there so many junks in there?! And you make her stay in her room until 8?! Impressive. I should start that one.

She is so cute. Poor Meme. I hope she starts feeling better soon!

(Also, I totally get the whole 'what are they like when I'm not there' conundrum. It seems that Connor is much more angelic when I'm not around at nursery and preschool, and I'm still trying to figure out why that is.)

Bridget said...

I WISH she would stay in her room until 8. That's probably what she was channeling.

Suzanne Bubnash said...

That is the sweetest experience. We're lucky when we get little windows into our children's minds like that.

Hope it will be a better day for the girls.

Anna said...

There's not much better than a booger prayer. I hope she feels better.

Lindsay said...

So cute. I love how kids prayers are so sincere. We had an FHE on the Word of Wisdom the other night, and Tyson said in his prayer that night: "Please help me to not smoke, and not eat too much ham." Gotta love 'em.

Eevi said...

First of all, I am impressed that she would say a prayer in the middle of the night on her own when she isn't feeling good. I think that shows a lot about your parenting:) I totally agree that it stinks to have so many boogers in your nose when you are sick. Plus how adorable that she prayers for Madgalena when she is feeling sick. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Craig said...

What a precious post. There is nothing that makes me feel so badly as when little children are sick. I hope they get well soon.

Fromagette said...

How sweet! I hope she feels better soon.

The Ensign's said...

I absolutely love this post. What a sweet little girl Miriam is. I dont think Shay would have done that. I'm impressed. What a GREAT mom that girl has!


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