The Middle, How It's Really the Magnificent

{This post is part of the Five Minute Friday with Kate Motaung. A community of writers who write for five minutes on the word of choice. Today's word: middle.} 

He puts his arms around my middle.

His thin, tiny arms less than a foot each encircle me, his fingers not yet touching each other at the ends.

For some reason he loves my middle. 

Yes, that mid-section I keep trying to minimize after two children and two many bags of twix bars and heaping bowls of ice cream, he loves.

It's soft and squishy (I know not what you may be wanting to hear).

He places his little head on top of my middle pressing into its folds wishing he could go back in there.

I laugh.

I tell him how I wish it were flat as I suck it in tight and taut.

He's saddened. Why would I ever want that?

To him it's my middle and it's the greatest and safest and most amazing thing.

How he could, five years ago, be the size of a bean cradled in a uterus while attached to a life flowing cord with our hearts beating together almost in utter unison, he finds nothing but fascinating.

He doesn't see it as I see it, a waste of space better not occupied by that soft and squishy substance.

The way he sees it....some things in the middle are the most magnificent.



  1. This is a heartachingly lovely essay, Bonnie. Thank you for writing it. made me tear up a bit.

    #2 at FMF this week.

  2. I'm a different mid section too...we all are post kids right?! I love candy and ice cream too. They are delightful. God wants us to choose joy, and I am thankful for the middle of our bodies that birthed children in such a God given way! Thanks for this sweet photo and post. Jenn, FMF

    1. Jennifer, yes, yes so thankful for God and the gift of our mid-section miracles! Thank you for stopping by!

  3. What a lovely reminder that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder"! How sweet it is to realize just what we look like through their little eyes! Thank you for your words. I am so glad I linked up after you today at FMF this week.

    1. Amen, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder." I love how little ones see no blemishes but only our beauty! Thanks for visiting!

  4. This is beautiful- I love the photo too! Visiting from FMF.

  5. I've said similar things to my kids about my different post baby middle. Always to my surprise my girls don't ever seem to mind. My third girl especially tells me she loves my tummy. Kids can be fresh waters of Grace to drink up. Of course that boy adores you. Thanks for writing this

    1. Hi Somer, I love what you said about "kids being fresh waters of grace for us to drink up." So true, just another gift of grace from God to us. Thank you for visiting!