Lately my little boy is becoming a lot less little. Today he fed himself dinner using utensils, helped me clean the house, and practiced putting on my shoes. He naturally is driven to do more and more for himself and is steadily refusing my help. He is quite independent and capable, you know. It is strange that not long ago I would day dream of when he would be big, more self sufficient, and less reliant on me.
Now I’m not so sure. Tonight I want to relish in his sweet, young innocence, because when the sun rises in the morning he’ll be one day older.There is a refreshing passion, energy, and newness that surrounds my little boy. Each step he takes is filled with wonder and curiosity. What new will he discover today?
There is an absolute purity and innocence that bubbles out of him freely. Each game of hide-and-seek is exhilarating and new. How will his giggles fill my soul with delight today?
There is a complete trust that flows from every fiber of his being into mine. Every owie is mine to kiss; every hurt dream is mine to heal. How will we comfort each other today?
There is something absolutely beautiful about childhood, that I am amazed and in love with. So for now my vivacious, adventurous, gleeful little boy–I love you just how you are. The time will come when you’ll wear those big shoes. You’ll lace them up all by yourself and run out the door with my heart on your sleeve.
So for now and tomorrow, why don’t you keep wearing your alligator sandals. The way you trot around in them is infectious. They are my favorite. They fit you best.