“Do you know how much I love you?” She pleaded every night before bed.
What was I supposed to say?
No, love doesn’t feel like the look on the teacher’s faces when they tell me to go inside since I’m the last one waiting to be picked up, every week?
No, love doesn’t feel like babysitters during business trips.
No, love doesn’t feel like the bottom of a beer can.
So, I said yes.
Yes, love feels like when you rock me to sleep on the edge of my bed.
Yes, love feels like you carrying me up to bed when I know I’m already too heavy.
Yes, love feels like I know you are doing the best you can in. spite. of.
Yes, mom, I know you love me.
Because now that I am a mom, I know how much it took for you to single-parent me and my sister.
Now that I am a mom, I know just how deep that love runs.
And now that I am a mom, I know how important it is for you to know that I know you’ve always loved me.