Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The Moment

I think every parent (and grandparent and aunt/uncle, etc) has "the moment" with a child. You know, the one that makes everything worthwhile. No matter what.
That moment for me is every day at daycare.
I pick up Matthew about 90% of the time. And, as soon as I walk in and he sees me, he literally drops everything he is doing and comes running over with a huge hug, a kiss and a big smile. He's usually got a huge smile on his face. Lately he also starts telling me about his day.
I love it.
We've been doing the daycare thing for a little over a year. No matter what goes on in the day. No matter how crappy a start we had to the day, how frustrating his day has been or what crap has gone on at work for me, nothing matters.
At that one moment in the day it's pure love, and I can't get enough of it.


Heather said...

What an amazing feeling. You should use that as support to a mother who's returning to work and fearing the whole..."I have to leave my kid at daycare. I've been with them every day of their life, and now I have to let someone else watch them...teach them"...You give the whole "the moment" bit, and I bet you'd make them feel much better. When that happens to me. I'm writing you!

kate said...

It is that huge smile and greeting from the 2 year old especially that make up for all those "meltdowns" that parents (and grandparents) endure. Their joy is so contagious. I caught Matty's joy the other day when he suddenly broke out into a wonderful rendition of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star while we sipped coffee at Starbucks. Have a terrific day!

Kristine said...

I think for me it was the moment my little man said, 'I love you'. Boy O Boy there is nothing sweeter than that for me... Also my son said the cutest thing the other day to my husband... he said, "Daddy I want to see your smile" which of course made my husband smile, and then he said, "Daddy do you want to see my smile?"... and gave Daddy a huge grin... KIDS ARE SO SWEET, that is when they are not being little devils... :-) Hmmmm.... did I say that out loud? :-)