As I sifted through the pictures from Disney World, and even as I went back through those from Hershey Park, and our recent trip to Great Adventure (pictures coming soon), one thing hit me. And it was the love that she expressed for each and every one of these characters.
Something that we as adults often lose or forget. In this case, it is how important these characters are in her life. She appreciates them “being there” for her, to entertain her, to inform her whenever she wants them to be. They are there for her. And she makes sure she shows just how much she loves and appreciates them for it.
And she does it with us as well. She will just cuddle up at times with me or TheWife, and make a point to tell us what great parent’s she thinks we are, and how much she appreciates us. And most of the time, I am very thankful that she feels that way, and we “have a moment.”
But there are times that I am sad to admit, that I am less than receptive. I am busy doing something, cooking dinner, or sending out an e-mail, or reading the news, when it is inconvenient for me. Not only that, I know I also tend to expect other’s in my life to “just know” how much I love them, or how much I appreciate them being in my life, for what they do, or for just being who they are.
And as I looked through this pictures, I realized that maybe I should take the time, or a bit more time to make sure my daughter knows how much I love her. I could stop what I am doing for just a minute to get that hug or smooch she so wants to give me at that moment. I should remember to not only tell my spouse that I love her, but that I appreciate her, what she does, and who she is, and how important she is to the life I have and the person I am.
Now, I am not saying that we need to have a “love in” and you need to run out and hug every family member, and neighbor, and friend you have. You don’t need to make a scene of it, or even really go out of your way. Just when the opportunity arises, take it, and let the people in your life know just how much they mean to you. And I will bet, you will find out how much you mean to others as well. Another nice feeling that you will wind up getting as a bonus in return.