Always Kiss Me Good-bye

Every day since we’ve been married, David has kissed me good-bye in the morning. The only time it has not happened is if I was traveling for work or if I left the house before him and forgot to return this act of love. On those days he is quick to remind me of my slip. I will receive a call or text, “You don’t want to kiss me good-bye? I love you.”

When I was pregnant with Cady, I was diagnosed with a herniated disk in my back. I was only allowed to drive for short periods of time, and since my job was an hour or more from home (depending on traffic), I was not allowed to work. I was basically confined to our house. The horrendous pain also made it hard for me to sleep. I would eventually drift off in the early morning hours and then sleep as late as possible because I did not have anywhere to be.

Still, every morning, David would wake me up, tell me he loved me, and kiss me good-bye. This drove me crazy. Every night before bed I would beg, “Please let me sleep. Please don’t wake me up.”

Rinse. Wash. Repeat. Every day.

When I would ask why he would not just let me sleep, he would respond, “Because I love you.”

Even though I fell back asleep as soon as the ritual was over, this made no sense to me. If he loved me why would not he let me get the rest I so desperately needed? Why disturb my hard-earned sleep? Why, every single morning, did he have to do the same thing? Was he trying to torture me? Was he lying when he said that he loved me? The thoughts of the pregnant woman often travel the path of the delusional.

It has taken me 24 years to realize that the good-bye kiss was not, is not, for me. It is for him.

We all have anxieties and fears and what ifs. He would never admit it, but I would imagine that David’s is the fear that something may happen during the day. What if one of us does not return home in the evening? What if that good-bye is the last one?

I hope it never is. I hope that we live to a very old age together. I hope that we die peacefully in our sleep wrapped in each other’s arms. But if that is not the case, I will always know that I was loved beyond imagination, and that I was kissed good-bye.

Always Kiss Me Good-bye

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When I was growing up, my mom always kept multiple boxes of cereal in the house. I remember my mom pouring me a bowl of Kellogg’s® Corn Flakes® on early school mornings. She would sprinkle sugar on top. After all the flakes were gone, I would spoon up the sugary milk and eat it (the only cereal milk I ever enjoyed).

On Saturdays, I woke up early and quietly made my way down our long hall. I would line up my bowl, milk, and spoon on the table. Then, I would pull a chair over to the cabinet and climb up to stand on the counter top so I could reach my favorite, Froot Loops®, on the top shelf. I would then pour a big bowl and eat away while I watched Saturday morning cartoons.

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A lot has changed since then. I no longer need a chair to reach the cereal (because I keep it in the pantry) and Saturday morning cartoons are a thing of the past (only because cartoons can be watched any time you want), but I do still love a bowl of Kellogg’s® cereal. Now, I mostly eat it at night as a snack.

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I still sneak as quietly as possible to fix my bowl of cereal. Only now I do it after the kids are in bed. I will tuck them in tight, say my good nights, sing songs, and then tip toe to the kitchen to pour myself one of my current favorites, Kellogg’s® Frosted Mini-Wheats®. Then I will watch a favorite program, check Facebook, or read a book… or all three at once. Of course, I’m not the only adult in the house who enjoys a good bowl of cereal as a night time snack. David does as well.

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Kellogg’s has also introduced two new cereal varieties that can be purchased at Walmart to their long list of classics:

- Kellogg’s® Jif™ Peanut Butter Cereal has a great peanut butter flavor.
- Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® Multigrain Shapes cereal is a lightly sweetened graham flavored cereal in fun shapes.

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I have not tried them, but I am sure they are both delicious.

What is your favorite Kellogg’s® cereal you stock your shelves with?

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