for  Sweetness


by  Dwight  Bernard  Mikkelsen

An old memory visited me today.

I’m giving a bath to my little girl and there is only one thing left to do: the shampooing.  The shampooing is tricky – "Don't get shampoo in your eyes!" – so we always do it last.  Well, she knows all about this, and always insists on helping, so together we wash and scrub – “Don’t forget behind the ears!” – making a huge hat of bright, white suds.  After a few minutes, it’s time for the trickiest part of tricky shampooing: the rinsing.  (Rinsing is the trickiest part because that’s the time it’s hardest to keep the shampoo out of the eyes.)

With my left hand high on her back, I lower her head under the running water.  There’s no squirming or hard breathing or an effort to escape; just a calm, resolute face with eyes and mouth firmly closed.  I stop for a moment and wonder: Where did this beautiful little girl get all that courage?

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