Big Love From a Small Person

Look, I’ve been out of town much of the day on the highway shuttling Son of Blue to an out-of-state friend’s house, so I’m not sure if I’ll get around to making a substantial post on any pressing topics tonight or not.

But in the interest of being a proud papa and in giving you something to read, let me just say that of all the wonderful things I’ve experienced as Little Girl Blue has grown these past three years, the past week has brought one of the most beautiful.

She’s giving us hugs—big ones—and she’s planting real kisses on our cheeks and noses and necks along with those hugs. And it’s not just in response to us giving her affection but completely out of nowhere sometimes now.

She’s discovered sweetness and love and empathy for real. And it makes all the stressful things about raising a little child—all the tantrums and defiance and nonsensical decisions—just melt away.

I’m in some serious parental love right now, and I don’t care who knows it. Go ahead, revoke my “Manly Man” card.

4 Responses to “Big Love From a Small Person”

  1. August 7, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    aaaww **wipes a tear from her eye** how sweet is that…there is nothing like the first “real” hugs and kisses from our litle ones, is there?? you know, we teach our kids that stuff…they have to feel that love and affection first, then they will dole it out. you can feel good that you have taught your child that kind of love!!!!!!!!! do you ever visit my blog?? feel free!! i know it’s not as good as yours, but it might have something interesting from time to time!!

  2. August 7, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    Revoke your “Manly Man” card?? Are you kidding? You just upgraded to Platinum, because only a true man can love a daughter deeply, admit it in a squishy moment, and still be ready to conquer the world.

    The “Thugs” who pretend to “ride hard” had their cards shredded eons ago. LOL

  3. 3 Deacon Blue
    August 7, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    Ah, Hawa, if only I had actually managed to master that “conquer the world” thing…sadly, I’m not as much an achiever in that realm as I’d like. 😉

    JSprik…been to your blog a few times to check out your stuff. Got no reason to stay away, so you can’t be all that bad. 😛

  4. August 7, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    This reminds me of another poem: “Children Learn What They Live” by Dorothy Law Nolte.

    Part of the poem reads:

    If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
    If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
    If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
    If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
    If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.

    Deacon Blue, apparently you and Mrs. Blue are living those virtues you wish to pass on to your children. If a man can’t tap into his feminine side every once in a while, he’ll never know “true manhood.” But you know that.


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