Saturday Sayings — Kiss

Baby feet

A baby’s feet, like sea-shells pink,

Might tempt, should heaven see meet,

An angel’s lips to kiss, we think,

A baby’s feet.

A. C. Swinburne, Etude Realiste


We had a child who was very fond of Baby’s feet.

Once Baby was all bathed and dressed for bed, a secret and almost sacred ritual would begin.

First he would shyly ease his way into the dim-lit nursery and stand a bit away from the rocker where Baby rested in my arms. Then he would ask if Baby had bathed and if Baby’s feet were all clean.

Once assured, he then would ask if he might kiss Baby’s feet.

It always awed me, the tenderness this one had for Baby and for Baby’s feet.

And those were the nights that I learned all the baby expert books in the world that predict jealousy in the displaced sibling meant nothing to me.

Absolutely nothing.

And I never consulted them again.

Published by Katharine

Katharine is a writer, speaker, women's counselor, and professional mom. Happily married over 50 years to the same gorgeous guy. She loves cooking amazing homegrown food, celebrating grandbabies, her golden-egg-laying hennies, and watching old movies with popcorn. Her writing appears at Medium, Arkansas Women Bloggers, Contently, The Testimony Train, Taste Arkansas, Only in Arkansas, and in several professional magazines and one anthology.

8 thoughts on “Saturday Sayings — Kiss

  1. i agree. children can innately know that love shared with another does not mean there is less love available for them. what a sweet memory of your children. tender and loving. i know where they got that! you and your husband showing them by example that the family is their first way of knowing of God’s love for them.

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