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Cora has impeccable timing: last night I’d juuuuuuuuuust sat down on the couch and pressed “play” on my DVR’d Newsroom when Cora began calling out: “Mooooommy! Moooooooommy!”

I walked into the darkened room and said, “What’s up, bug?”

Cora shuffled around a bit in her bed. “I was just wondering if you might need to get some snuggle right now. Because, you know, if you need some snugs you can, you know, just take some whenever you want.”

And she patted the bed next to her.

I smiled into the dark as I climbed into her bed. “How did you know I was thinking about needing a snuggle right now?”

Cora wriggled happily. “Well, I know you say you always need a good snuggle, and I’m a really good snuggler.”

“That’s true,” I mused as I tucked her into a spoon with me. “Why do you think that is? Why do think you’re such an excellent snuggler?”

“For one thing, I’m just really little,” Cora said matter-of-factly as she carved herself into me. “But I also really pour my heart out into those snuggles. In fact,” she continued, rolling towards me so I saw her eyes gleaming in the dark, “I pour my heart into snuggles, and into all the cards I make to give people. My heart just gets fuller and fuller and fuller and so I pour it out into snugs and cards, and then it fills right back up again and I can pour it out some more!”

And she sighed happily and wrapped her still-babyish arms around my neck.

I know I, for one, had a full heart from that night.


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