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Monday, July 12, 2010


There is something about a 3 year old ball of life that doesn't let you wallow in self-pity. It is rather hard to sit like a lump when you are being called on to color, play the part of the headless Ken doll, or play tea party, which means pour water from cup to cup until it is all on the floor, thereby ending the game.

I think that is part of her design, part of the lesson that she is teaching me - one of the many lessons that she is teaching me. Life is too full and too joy-full to sit in sadness for long. Don't get me wrong, my adult heart still finds a way to float in sadness while I cut out my 50th Strawberry Shortcake, but the trick is that sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes it forgets to wallow.

When she squashes her cheek against mine, rubbing it around, and declaring that she is giving me an Ekimo kiss, it forgets. When she wants us to pretend that she is a baby and clearly soaks up the love we send her way, it forgets. When she cries at Nana and Papa Bear's house that she wants to come home and spend the night at Mommy's house, it forgets.

That is the amazing thing about these little people. They teach us far more than we will ever teach them. Ana has taught me about resiliency - if I came from her background I would be a mere shell of the strong, amazing person she is. Ana has taught me about love - I see her figuring out what love and family means each and everyday. I see how much it truly is a choice and how you can choose to love more strongly and better if you consciously make that effort everyday. Ana has taught me that life is what you make of it. I had read this about a million times and given it a half nod every time, but until Ana I had never known what it was like to see it in action.

Scott sent me an apropos quote: It's not about weathering the storm, it's about learning to dance in the rain. My Ana does that, each and everyday.

1 comment:

Crazy Cathcart said...

Love the quote... Love you and your family... Let's dance in the rain together!!!

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