to find a little peace
I opened the washer
"Moooooooooooooommmmmmmmmmy! Where ARE you?"
"I'm in the laundry room."
I could hear the elder little's feet
pad down the stairs and across the wooden floors
until they stopped on the rug beside me
"What do you need?"
admittedly sounding more annoyed than charitable
"I just wanted to see if you need any help. Can I help you?"
"Yes. Absolutely. Thank you for thinking of me. Thank you for being so unselfish and caring to ask. Your words made my day."