“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” ~Dr. Seuss
An incident occurred which left me hurting. I should not have let my daughter be witness, and yet at the moment I did not give it much concern. She is young, she does not understand, she is playing with her doll house and not even paying attention. . . That is what I thought.
“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” ~Dr. Seuss
I snuck into my bedroom, exhausted, and began to cry. I saw her make her way in, a shy look across her countenance. She slowly approached, sweetly stating,
“It’s okay mom. I am still your nice friend.”
I smiled up at her and she immediately embraced me. We sat like this for quite some time, with her now the one comforting my wounds. The tables had turned and I realized in that moment: children are not as childish as we sometimes believe.
“A person is a person no matter how small.” ~Dr. Seuss
They play with dirt and throw tantrums; they fight and hit and forever whine; they live for their own amuzement. . . .or, perhaps they do not. Perhaps they are living for someone else as well–someone a bit bigger than themselves.
Perhaps their hearts long for us just like ours long for them.
“You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.” ~Dr. Seuss
They do not often know what to do or how to do it, but they are showing us their love each day–if only we stop to see it.
Maybe it is the offer to a bite of their smushed up sandwich or a sip out of their backwashed milk. A hug, a cuddle, a picture colored just for you. It is in asking us to play their awfully boring games. They are loving us through make believe and blocks, through dancing across the living room and asking us to watch them go down the slide for the millionth time.
They beam with our acceptance and beam to express their mutual love. A heart which beats for us–if only we open our eyes and see.