April 12, 2012

Sunshine To Me

Parenting is hard. There are no rules. No one hands you a book and says read this and you'll be prepared. Every child is different, challenging in their own way. It's not binary - there are shades of gray without completely right and completely wrong answers to hard questions. But occasionally there are perfect moments, moments in which there exists a perfect clarity that borders on magic. Moments in which you understand that you are doing a good job as a parent and, more importantly, that your kids are going to be okay. Moments in which your children demonstrate that they are more than the sum of their parts. Moments in which you're reminded that they're exceptional beings capable of wonderfulness.

The other night I handed Mia my iPad. She wanted to play and it was a while before bedtime. Half an hour later, I scooped it out of her hands and returned it to my bedside. When I powered it on a few hours later, to read my book, I found something amazing. I stared at it for a solid five minutes. I was amazed. It was one of those moments. This is what I found.

Posted by Chris at April 12, 2012 6:52 AM

Utterly wonderful

Posted by: Dee at April 12, 2012 8:00 AM

Awww.. I love when kids do this kind of stuff.

Posted by: Kaz at April 12, 2012 8:41 AM


Posted by: linda at April 12, 2012 9:04 AM

Ok... that just made me tear up. Cherish that stuff. The older they get, the less frequent those moments become. *sigh*

Posted by: Dorkaleena at April 12, 2012 9:14 AM

OMG that's awesome! Have you stopped smiling yet?

Posted by: Fraulein N at April 12, 2012 9:21 AM

too cute :)

Posted by: Heather at April 12, 2012 9:55 AM

That is incredible, man. NOw I want an iPad, and my daughter old enough to write notes like that! Well...not yet actually..

Posted by: tommy riles at April 12, 2012 11:42 AM

she's magic

Posted by: kati at April 12, 2012 11:51 AM


Posted by: Maribeth at April 12, 2012 1:45 PM

Teary-eyed. This should make someone who doesn't understand why people have kids understand why people have kids.

Posted by: Poppy at April 12, 2012 8:01 PM

I didn't cry at all. You cannot prove that I did.

Posted by: RzDrms at April 12, 2012 8:27 PM

What did Beth say when she saw it? Did you mention it to Mia?

Posted by: at April 12, 2012 8:29 PM

That is pure awesomeness. I sing "You Are My Sunshine" to my son all the time. I hope he's listening. :o)

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Posted by: Polo Ralph Lauren at April 16, 2012 2:38 AM

What they said. That was awesome.

I gave my 4 year old my phone and he used the notes app to write that he loved us (a line for each family member, but no spaces, because although he can read and write, he can't figure out the spacebar).

Posted by: BloggerFather at April 16, 2012 10:39 AM