I wake up thinking of three little words. Those simple, familiar words that can make my heart sing.
I haven’t heard those words in such a long time. My heart is cold, and heavy. I yearn to hear them, just one more time.
Time goes by, day after day slipping past, one exactly like the next.
I go through my routine, day after weary day, barely thinking as I carry out each monotonous task. I make the coffee, butter the toast, wrap in my heavy coat and scarf, and head out the door. My husband moves through his parallel routine, the two of us barely speaking as the grey light of dawn leaks through the heavy curtains.
I endure the familiar, frustrating commute, my nerves frayed and ragged.
The day drags on, and my heart is increasingly heavy.
I gaze out the window of my classroom. I draw in a ragged breath, and I sigh.
I miss those words. I miss them so much.
There was a time when I took those three little words for granted. A time, not so very long ago, when I barely acknowledged them.
Those three magical, familiar, comforting words.
I shiver, pulling my sweater close. Oh, what wouldn’t I give now to hear those three delicious words? I wouldn’t take them for granted now! I wouldn’t ignore them, or take them as simply my due.
If I could only hear those precious words spoken softly today! If I could only hear them again, my joy would be boundless. I would fill the room with laughter. I would throw my arms wide and embrace the world!
If only I could hear those beautiful words again.
“Hazy, hot and humid.”