One day last week, I was watching all 4 of Audrey and Matt’s boys in their back yard.
6-year old William was climbing over a rather formidable pile of to-be-discarded tree trunks.
5-year old Alex was climbing all over a rock that’s about 5′ tall.
3-year old Henry was
demanding asking that I please push him way harder than medium…. emphasis on please.
And 4-year old Ben was looking, looking, looking for something in the grass surrounding the swing set.
Finally, Ben came galloping over to me, with the biggest, most glorious smile of accomplishment… abeit with knit brow… with something behind his back.
Ben is famous for little gifts of flowers. Yellow ones. White ones. Pink ones. And he’s vigilant about putting these little gifts in whatever container he can find and fill with water.
He approached me and explained through his smile and knit brow, “Grandma, this isn’t a flower. It’s an E-shaped plant. Because I love you.”
I hadn’t known ’til that very moment that E-shaped things were love tokens.
But they are.
Because Ben said so.
My hEart mEltEd at that vEry momEnt and I will nEvEr look at an E again without thinking of my bEautiful BEn!
Kids turn the ordinary into Extraordinary magic. It’s thEir grEatEst gift of all…