Before his teeth were brushed and his face was washed.
Before I tucked him in for the night.
Before I read him a story. Before we said bedtime prayers.
Before hugs and kisses.
Before sleepy good nights and an exchange of I love you more.
He gave way to sleep, in his own time and place.
I picked him up and carried him to his room,
his sweet cheek resting on my shoulder as I walked.
A kiss on his forehead and covers pulled up high,
and a photo I will treasure for a lifetime.