The Weight on My Chest

The best moments of my life are spent with my infant son sleeping on my chest. His breath is slow but rhythmic, a continual whisper reminding me that I will never know a greater happiness. His head bobs with the rise and fall of my chest, and I steal kisses, trapping his locks between my lips. His small hands knead my chest hair unconsciously, as if to return the favor. His unspoiled goodness humbles me. His gentle lip quivers amuse me. His mere existence strips me of everything but gratitude. I close my eyes, breathe in that baby smell, wrap my arms slowly around him, nuzzling his warm, pink flesh, and, with all my senses engaged, let go of it all. He changes everything. The weight on my chest makes me float.

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