Feeling thankful for great dads. A present father is such a gift.

11001895_10152901561892949_4862998667315525134_n 11001941_10152901560902949_5407888300422856714_n

A little thing. But such a big, big thing too. This weekend I encountered the difference between a child loved and a child who had grown up unloved, and it was like seeing a treasure and a treasure destroyed. It made me more aware than ever the intense need children have for love, respect, and acknowledgment–and more determined than ever that when my little one acts out, I should respond with compassion. True for big people too, though they’re often better at hiding it.

Things I Love About Cy:

The other day, he asked me what a kiss was. I had kissed him on his hand, so he pointed to his hand and said, “Da?” “Hand,” I said. “Da?” “Hand,” I repeated. When he kept asking, I realized he wanted to know what I had done to his hand. So I said, “Kiss.” “Ahhh,” he said.

Cy doesn’t pronounce final consonants on words. So when it came to saying the word “egg,” he squints his eyes, grits his teeth, and yells, “E!”

Little by Little

Related Posts with Thumbnails

14 thoughts on “Gratitude

  1. That's a nice thought. Every child needs to be loved so he/she woukd grow up knowing how to love. "One cannot give whst he does not have".

  2. I love children's question! They force me to explain and think about things that i give for granted!
    You too, with this post, made me think about something I gave for granted: a great dad, kisses and cuddles, smiles and "i love you"… Thank you!

  3. So true 'a present father' ~ Wonderful photography and post ~

    Happy week to you,
    artmusedog and carol