Do you ever wonder how our kids, as young and innocent as they are, know what love is? While my daughter (especially my son) may not be able to tell me exactly how she defines love even if I ask her, I honestly think it’s when…
…my daughter hugs her younger brother, or holds his hands, and says “I’m here!” whenever he cries, even because of something she just did.
…my daughter says “I want you!” then sits on my lap when I’m in a rush to finish something.
…my daughter says “I want karga!” (I want you to carry me) when I have my hands full trying to do household chores.
…my daughter says “Labas na tayo!” (Let’s go outside) when she’d just woken up and would cry when I’d tell her I still need to sleep.
…my daughter cries hysterically when she’d find out that I’m trying to sneak in a nap while she’s awake and would make sure that I’d get up and wake up soon.
…my daughter says “I want you subo!” (Feed me) during meal time even if she can already eat on her own.
…my daughter says “Come hide with me!” when I’d try to relax after a long day at work or at home.
…my daughter kisses my “boo boo” and says “Feel better!” when she’d accidentally hurt me while we’re playing.
…my daughter tries to defend me from her little brother or my husband when I’d pretend that they’re hurting me.
…my daughter says “more kiss” and “more big hug” before I leave the house or whenever we’re about to end our FaceTime call.
…my daughter asks “Are you sad?” if she sees me with a serious face and would do everything to get me to smile.
And my favorite…
…my daughter says “I love you!” or “I miss you!”.
Kids really have a unique way of letting us know that they love us and we mean the world to them. And sometimes, they show love in the most frustrating way, especially when we’re trying to juggle a lot of things. I know I get frustrated sometimes, especially when I’ve had a long day and still have things piled up for me to do. Of course, they don’t realize how annoying it could be for us; but it really is just their way of telling us they want to spend time with us or they want our attention.
So the next time my daughter (and my son will probably soon) does any of these, instead of rolling my eyes, I’ll tell myself that it’s just her way of expressing her love for me. Soon enough, she’ll be older and get annoyed by my presence. And when that time comes, she probably wouldn’t want to be near me; or even worse, hate being seen in public with me. So I’ll take a deep breath and enjoy every demand, because no matter how annoying it could sometimes get, these moments won’t last. They will be over before I know it. And despite all the frustrations and challenges, one thing remains to be true – my daughter loves me and that is all that matters.
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What did you think of this post? What’s the sweetest way your little one had shown you he/she loves you? What’s the most unique way your little one had shown you he/she loves you? Let me know in the comments. You know I always love to hear from you.