“A butterfly!” Amy said, retracing the pattern she saw.
“Um huh,” her mother murmured, smiling as she stroked her daughter’s hair.
Amy continued to explore, finding another pattern, and then another. Shifting positions only when asked to, Amy found images as she went along.
“Dragon?” her mother asked?
“Yup. Dragon. Big, scary dragon. Roooooaaaaarrrrrrrr!”
Katie laughed as she hugged her Amy. She got a hug back.
Amy went on tracing what she saw in the dots, naming them at will, giggling at the made up things. The late afternoon sun streamed through the bedroom window, lighting and warming up the bed they were laying on. Amy drifted off to nap time, finger still on one lone spot.
Katie held her daughter, feeling Amy’s breathing change. She was nappish herself, closing her eyes as they nestled together.
Just before she, too, drifted away, Katie smiled, thinking: “Why did I ever hate my freckles?”