“Time for bed!”
Penelope sat on the floor of her playroom, puzzles scattered around her. She looked up at her Daddy with a blank stare and rubbed her eyes.
“But Daddy,” she yawned, “I don’t wanna.”
He walked to her, scooped her up in his arms, and she leaned her head against his shoulder. Her long, thin, brown hair was gathered into slightly messy pigtails and she was wearing her favorite pink cupcake printed onesie pajama outfit.
He chuckled and patted her back, “But princess, you’ve a big day tomorrow, and you need your rest.”
He looked at her as he placed her in her bed. He pushed a loose lock of hair behind her ear.
“I love you.”