I thought my daughter had fallen asleep in my arms so I stood to lay her down in her crib. As I did so, she lifted her head from my shoulder and leaned in to kiss me, then laid her head down to sleep. Just that simple. My baby has learned to express affection. The whole world seems to be coming to life for her.
She loves people. She parades through the grocery store waving at everyone she sees. Last week we were sitting together at the mall, awaiting her daddy’s hair cut to finish up. The little Queen sat and waved and blew kisses to most everyone that passed us. I was amazed to watch how grown ups responded to her in the sweetest ways…wanting to make her happy. It was the cutest thing. Oh how I adore her.
Always. She is teaching me. Whether I am looking for a lesson from her or not. She’s become my greatest teacher and mentor. After all, Jesus said on multiple occasions and through various prophets that we are to become as a little child.
Become as a child. It’s making more sense to me now. For instance, today as we were leaving a shop, I felt myself harshly judging the teenage girl in the car next to us. Her nose was pierced and she was smoking like a chimny. I was frustrated because I don’t want my daughter to smell or inhale cigarette smoke. Oh the array of things I want to protect her from. I was disgusted by the teenager’s crass behavior and language. Then a thought came to me: she is someone’s baby girl. That’s when my baby girl did something so pure and perfect: she craned her neck to make eye contact with the young woman, smiled and waved. Just that simple. And beautiful.
I know enough about developmental psychology to trust that my baby didn’t really know that this young woman is behaving contrary to what we hope she will be as a teen. But I’d like to imagine that her mature and noble spirit sensed something. I want to believe that her spirit recognized a need and was seeking to extend kindness. Or better yet, perhaps she sensed her mother’s judgmental attitude and was setting an example for me?
The experience wasn’t lost on me.
Everyday is filled with sweet and simple lessons. What a gift to be blessed with this child.