Today, my Lea turns 2 years old. I can’t believe that this amount of time has gone by, though I am sure that this is something I will always feel as I watch her grow up. I wrote on Twitter today that Lea confirms every cliched statement that one can feel about a love between a parent and their child. Since I’ve been working on this blog, a lot of people have said to me that I don’t write more about Lea (after all she does have her name in the title!) So, this one is for her and what she means to me.
Because of her, I can now say:
- I adore Elmo, after spending decades loathing that Muppet.
- I take the time to appreciate all of the small things that we all take for granted. For example, if Lea sees a tree she will say “Hi, tree!” and then proceed to give the tree a kiss. This warms my heart.
- I now have an excuse to crawl around on the floor and make funny noises.
- I am in awe when I look at her, because I can simultaneously see her mother reflected back at me, and then hear traces of my hysterical laughter when she laughs. This also warms my heart.
- Her openness to life is a lesson that I continue to learn from.
I suppose all babies are this to their parents. I am not going through a singularly unique experience. What is amazing to me is that these experiences take on a different perspective for each parent involved. It’s as though the things that I search for in life – their answers are manifested in my daughter. That would seem to be a lot of pressure for one little girl to carry. Let me clarify that I would never put that kind of thing on anyone, let alone my child! But, I just find that things have a way of taking place before you even bat an eye. And it’s only on birthdays or special occasions that you take stock of these items and then you can see it.
I cherish our walks to and from daycare every morning. We point out things that we see, she will tell me the things she wants to do when she gets home, and somewhere in there she wraps her arms around my neck and hugs me. I hug her back. Leaving at 5PM on the dot every day is without question, because that time with her is what my days are all about now.
Happy Birthday to her today. Happy indeed.