Somewhere between sleep and consciousness, I start to hear the birds outside the window. I’m not ready to be awake yet. Even with my eyes closed, I can feel the morning sunshine illuminating the room, gently warming my face.
My mind begins to turn, as the list I made last night begins to materialize…so much to do today.
Suddenly, I’m aware of her presence. How did it possibly take me so long to realize? Her arm is draped across my chest, her skin cool and comforting. The face I saw only in my dreams for so long rests peacefully against my shoulder, as my arm enfolds her in a casual yet tender embrace.
I slowly open my eyes and turn my head to see her. She always looks like an angel when she sleeps and as the sunlight dances across her soft features, she is positively radiant.
Like every morning, my first conscious thought is one of gratitude. I’m so fortunate to wake up next to her and can’t wait to spend the rest of my life showing her just how much she means to me.
As if she senses my thoughts, her gentle, shallow breathing changes slightly and her eyelids flutter open. In an instant, I’m lost in her sparkling eyes, like the sea settling after a storm. She moves her hand to caress my face as her mouth forms a sleepy smile.
“Hi,” her sweet voice says softly.
Another perfect day has begun.