Long after we'd tucked the kids in bed, I heard little feet padding across my floor. I looked up from my book to find Maddie at the foot of my bed, grinning sheepishly.
"Maddie..." I started in my warning tone.
"I just wanted to say goodnight!" Followed quickly by, "What are you reading? Can I come up? I promise I won't talk while you read your Bible. I'll wait patiently!"
She was just so darned cute, of course I couldn't say no. There was plenty of room on the bed, as Aaron had fallen asleep on the couch, watching T.V.
"Oh, okay," I sighed, secretly grinning.
Though there was ample room for her to enter another way, she awkwardly climbed over me to get into bed, a tangled mess of arms and legs. We were both giggling by the time she settled under the covers.
She lay beside me and propped herself up on one arm. "Are you reading your Bible?"
"No, it's a book about Bible stories, but it's not the Bible. Hush now so I can read."
Out of the corner of my eye I could see her staring intently at my face.
After a few minutes, she asked, "When are you gonna start readin'?"
"I am reading."
"No!" Pointing to her lips, "Wif your mouf."
"Oh, you mean out loud?"
"No," she replied thoughtfully. "You can read quietwee."
"Oh Maddie," I laughed, "I am reading. I am reading with my eyes."
She gave me a quizzical look.
I pointed to the words and then to my eyes. "I read the words with my eyes and then they go into my head," I explained.
She paused, cocked her head to the side and cracked up. Finally shaking her head and still laughing, she informed me, "Mommy, that's just craziness!"
Who knew reading could be so entertaining?