An ‘I love you’ post-it note on the refrigerator in her heart

(For Jenny)

My daughter is surprised that a friend of hers knows that she is feeling a certain way before she even knows it herself.

I tell her that the people that have keys to our hearts do that sometimes. They don’t knock or ask if they can come in. They say to themselves,“I’ll just let myself in.” And they do. They open the door and enter in and look around.They find what they find when they come in that way, unasked and uninvited.

This is an unexpected gift that those we love have access to us in this way. And sometimes they even do the dishes while they are there. Sometimes they leave flowers and balloons.