15022019

 

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15022019

 

the name of the dream

the art of mothering

 

this was a prolonged one-scene dream

 

the first impression of the fifteen-month-old baby wriggling and shifting her body from side to side was that she was uncomfortable

 

the baby girl was resting along her mother's forearm and was nestled into the mother's midriff

 

as i gazed, the expression on the baby's face became clearer, she wasn't in discomfort but was smiling

 

her smile was changing from being hardly perceptible to varying degrees of a broad smile and occasionally, her smile would settle into a relaxed contentment

 

finally, it was possible to see what was happening

 

the mother had, some time previous, discovered one her child's tickle spots was around her lower-rib cage

 

the mother didn't need to look at the child

 

she could tell from the baby's movements that she was hitting the tickle-spot

 

all the mother needed to do was use her middle finger to cause the baby to experience smile-causing sensations

 

it was the casual, natural way, the mother was using her finger to maintain a state of "contact" between her and the child which was the stand-out bit of the dream

 

to the mother it had become as easy to keep in "contact" with her child as it was to scratch an itch

 

without having to even think about it, the movement of the baby told the mother how much pressure to use and where next to place her finger

 

it was quite an education see a mother using the subtlest of movements to entertain her child the way this mother was doing

 

this was a mother on top of her game

 

addenda

 

vividness 3.4 - observer - the category of the dream: mother/baby () tickling (1)