This morning, before we zoomed out the door to school, while she was getting dressed and my school lunch readying duties were finished, I decided to fold some of our laundry…
Suddenly, she appeared around the corner…
Her – “Daddy, we have a good life together.”
Needless to say, I was surprised by her early morning, out-of-the-blue remark, and, of course, very touched that she feels that way about our relationship, home life and journey.
Me – “Aww, that is so sweet. We do have a good life together.”
We embraced for a bit
Me – “What about our life together is good?”
I was curious to hear what she would focus in on – the play dates I set up for her, tennis or soccer, our bedtime routine for her, jumping together on the trampoline, maybe the healthy foods I make sure she eats, or even prompts to clean up after herself and help around the house much to her short-term dislike…
She didn’t choose any of those. She simply said…
Her – “That you’re amazing.”
Well, I wasn’t expecting that, but it felt good to hear from her.
One can never be perfect as a parent, but if you know your child is feeling deep contentment about herself and her life while she is with you, well, that’s about as perfect an outcome as you can get, I suppose.
It makes all the efforts worth it.
Much gratitude to all the family and friends near and far who have consistently contributed to her journey thus far, and here’s to the next ten years.
The best is yet to come!