My Little Valentines
The other day, my 4 ½-year old, A, melted my heart while simultaneously filling it with joy.
While his little brother was sleeping, we decided to put together our valentines for his preschool class. We were lazy this year. We didn’t make them. We bought Angry Bird valentines, slid the provided lollipops into their slots, and taped them to the baggies we had stuffed with Hershey kisses.
“I’m tired,” A said after writing his name on three cards. “I need to lie down and take a rest. I’ve been working so hard.”
So cute, I thought.
“You’re not gonna get any valentines from your friends at school if you don’t fill yours out,” I said, and he hopped up immediately.
And he got back to work.
He filled out a few more, and then came the moment that turned my heart to goo. He stopped the crayon right in the middle of writing his name and looked at me. I looked at him. He reached out his arms and said, “I haven’t given you a hug in sooooo long, mommy.” He gave me the longest, sweetest, most sincere hug of my life. When he let go, he was staring at me with eyes that looked like a teenager falling in love for the first time.
“I just love you so much, mommy,” he said. And I melted.
“Oh, sweetheart, I love you so much, too.”
It was such a reminder of how important it is to spend time with our little ones, no matter what we have going on. We are their world right now. They crave our attention and cherish every moment we spend with them. We will never get these years back when we are as cool as crust-less bread and the only person in the world they want to be with.
The way A was looking at me and talking to me confirmed that spending time with him is the most important thing in his life right now, and one of the most special things in mine. That was the best Valentine’s Day present I could have ever asked for.
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