Notes For Creators

creative soul surfing

Laugh until your heart overflows

Tonight Zane, 10, decided to briskly walk about the house until bedtime. This was, oh, fifteen minutes before lights out. I was in the kitchen cleaning up. Ann was stripping his bed and installing new sheets. Zane breezed by several times.

Z: I’m not stopping!

I turned and watched him cruise around the living area, threading between the back of a couch and the low-lying ex-planter area now filled with white rocks. Bodhi — the dog — was trotting with him.

Zane disappeared and re-appeared, in and out of rooms. His orbit brought him past Ann — he said something I didn’t catch.

Z, as he neared me again: If you want a hug you’re going to have to keep up.

He said it twice for emphasis.

I saw that he was serious, he wasn’t slowing. I scooped him up and hugged him to me while I twirled in the direction of his motion, around and around a few times till I placed him down again in the same trajectory as before.

Z: Good, Daddy!

On he went. I lost him for a few minutes. From time to time he called out from somewhere in the house: I’m not stopping!

Ann came into the kitchen to throw something away as Zane was making his circuit through there. He walked — briskly! — around her, circling at the same pace until she laughed.

Z: Mommy. Laugh until your heart overflows.

Ann: Oh, that’s good.

Z, not missing a step: Yeah.

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