It was cold this morning as I opened Ezra’s door and peeked inside. Just a few moments earlier, he had hollered for me in a particularly full-voiced and dramatic way, with a long tapering tail, suggesting he was wide awake. But in the dimness, I couldn’t see him. Turns out he had pulled his covers up over his head. As I pile onto his bed, hugging the (to me) enormous lump of his self under the covers, he peeks out his head.
“Yes,” I reply. “Cold Mama.”
“I will warm you with my snuggles.”
“EXCELLENT.” And he does, wrapping me up with the one arm that has fully emerged from his nest, and pressing his sweet warm cheek against me.
He says, “I have six snuggles for you.” And he counts them. Then…
“I have six more snuggles. Seven, eight, nine, ten.” We discuss subtraction and the number four and the number twelve, and he counts out my remaining measure of snuggles.
Then, curious, I ask: “How many snuggles do you have, anyway?”
Oh! “So giving me twelve is a pretty big deal.”
“But what happens when you use those up? Do you make more?” Yes, as it turns out.
“Where do you keep your snuggles?” I ask.
“In my ribcage. In my ribs.”
I point out that that makes good sense, since snuggles are so strong and the ribcage does such important work protecting the heart and the lungs. I’m sure the ribs benefit from the presence of all those snuggles.
As we head downstairs, later, he explains the whole thing to Papa, how he warmed me, and where the snuggles live, and how they are useful there.
But all this is shortly forgotten as he piles animals into an airplane and an ambulance for their trip to North Africa. Some frogs live on planes, he points out. Well, sure.