This morning before he left for work, he paused by the side of our bed, leaned down and left a gentle kiss on my face. Just as he has done, each and every morning through our many years together. He does this just for me.
There is a peacefulness I find in that one gentle kiss. I can think of no better way to start a new day than to wake with the fresh kiss of someone who loves me lingering on my skin.
This morning after he placed his kiss, he waited, knowing within moments my sleepy eyes would open. And they did...to find him standing there, gazing at me with a smile on his face.
"I have to go to work now, Bernie," he said softly. "Okay?"
I was lying on my right side, with my left knee drawn up, both my arms wrapped snuggly around my pillow. Sleepily, I replied, '' Ummm...'k." Then I closed my eyes and cozied up even closer to my pillow.
He stood there for another moment or two, watching me, before he turned and walked away. Just as he has always done, each and every morning, just as I know he will always do.
This he does for me.