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Kids Love

October 23, 2006

One of the best feelings, as a parent or otherwise, is when your child first tells you that they love you, and you know they really understand what they’re saying. It’s something in their eyes.

As they grow, it’s as if they can’t tell you enough. With my kids anyway. Sometimes they’ll say I love you so many times in a day I want to yell at them, “I LOVE YOU TOO, OK??”

I hate it when I feel that. I work hard at not feeling that by reminding myself that they are saying it because they want to hear me say sweetly, “I love you too, Baby”, and if they keep repeating it, it’s because they are insecure in some way–I’m not giving them enough attention, most likely.

dexphone.jpgMost of the time though, when they’re young at least, they say it because it means so many things to them. They have that one phrase to let you know how thankful they are for you and what you do for them; how much they appreciate you providing food for them, brushing their hair, buying them clothes and toys, and creating a warm, safe environment in which they can grow.

What’s especially cool then, is when they begin to learn that there are other ways to express these things. When they can tell you exactly how they are feeling about you at the moment.

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I remember noticing this when Sadie was about four. She was really sick with the flu, and I had been up with her in the night for what seemed like hours, sitting with her on my lap on the bathroom floor out of sheer convenience. I had just freshened up a damp towel in the sink and put it on her forehead when she looked up at me and said “Mama, thank you for taking such good care of me.” It was more than words. It was pure emotion, and made her cry as she said it.

Dexter’s was today. Just a few minutes ago. He’s sick with a cold–nothing too bad, just a runny nose, a bit of a cough, and a slight fever I just discovered. After propping him up on pillows in my bed, giving him medicine and a snack and fresh water and finding something he wanted to watch on tv, he said “Mama, thank you for taking care of me when I’m sick.”

brianapp.JPGAs for Brian…unfortunately I don’t remember this moment with him. Things were not good when he was at that age. His dad and I were breaking up, and he was in turmoil. Anyhow, what’s funny is at almost 16, you’d think he’d have a thousand different ways of telling me he loves me. But no. It’s as if he’s reverted back to babyhood–he simply says “I love you, Mom”.

Of course, I have to say…at fifteen, and 6’1″ tall, when my “baby” hugs me and tells me he loves me? It’s good enough.

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Whew!

October 19, 2006

Denise posted about her busy schedule for the rest of the month, and I could totally relate.

October 2006Besides the fact that apparently I can’t post an original thought, it made me think of my own October calendar, and how much my life has changed socially and activity-wise in the past year. Up until then, when people said “there just aren’t enough hours in the day!”, I would think “I just don’t get that. What does that even mean?” I never had “too much to do”.

Now though…now it’s a different story. Besides having a full time job (working from home, but believe it or not that makes things even harder for me) and three kids, I now have a life.

Imagine that.

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Amazing videos

October 18, 2006

Even if you don’t like golf, you have to check out these videos starring Nike’s new Juice Ball.

Clicky

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Well *I* thought it was funny.

October 17, 2006

I saw this on a message board today, it was the “signature” of one of the posters:

The top ten reasons I procrastinate:
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Photoshop “miracles”

October 17, 2006

Los‘s recent post with the video of the girl who undergoes an incredible transformation via professional makeup, hair, and photoshop reminded me of something I saw a couple of years ago.

It’s the website of a guy who does photoshop “repair” of images professionally, and has put them up in his portfolio in such a way that you can just roll your mouse over the image to see what the “before” image looked like.

Here is the link to his portfolio page:

http://homepage.mac.com/gapodaca/digital/digital.html

The most amazing one, if you’re able/allowed to look at such things, is the one of the girl in the bikini. You can only see her face in the thumbnail–she is the one with the dark features and bright pink lipstick–but when you click there are other thumbs of different parts of the whole photo. It really is trippy.

This one is good, too: http://homepage.mac.com/gapodaca/digital/blonde/blonde3.html
Check out her pupil in the “before” image.

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*sigh*

October 15, 2006

Sunday.

Who knew that’s all it would take?

Happy now.

🙂 <——-see?

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Love

October 11, 2006

Matt’s post this afternoon inspired me to share a poem that Sadie wrote about love. I just found it today while sorting through some papers.

I struggle with accepting and showing love…I think everyone probably feels that way to some extent at one time in their lives…not children, though. They know what’s up.

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It’s difficult for me to tell if you can read it, so I’ll type out the text:

“LOVE. I Love everybody in the world. You should love everybody in the world. Everybody in the world should love any body else. You should love the people you don’t even know.”

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She’s got it. I pray she’ll never lose it.