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She could not get enough of him.

She’d spent the last few hours gazing at him as he slept.

She could spend another lifetime.

Nothing could replace the sweet contour of his back, the curve of his neck, the fists that could fly deliciously out of tempo with his kicking, the softness of his cheeks dimpled into smile.

His breath.

Joy expanded her chest and spread a warmth under her skin that flushed through her soul to fill her with a flood of well-being.

She was his forever grandmother.




Note: Dedicated to all the grandmothers and great-grandmothers. To the aunts and great-aunts. To the mothers and mothers-to-be. To the grandfathers and great-grands, to the uncles and fathers. May you know this love, for nothing can replace it.

For Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt: Replace in 89 words





21 thoughts on “Irreplaceable

  1. So lovely and heartfelt. Connects us all, the power of babes.


    Adele Ryan McDowell, Ph.D.

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    • Aw….Thank you, Rochelle! I have a melt-to-a-puddle reflex in the presence of babies and children … and the marvel that they are never fails to amaze me. I am SURE this is a shared experience, and I am gratified that my words resonated.
      Here’s to lovin’ babies,


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