“Do you wanna sit on my lap?”
“Yeah!” baby girl yelled excitedly.
We were at swimming after school today for a catch up lesson. She jumped on my lap happily as we waited for her session to start, and as her hands came close to mine, I observed the heart shape I had drawn on there just this morning.
A fellow school Mum had given me the idea the day before. Talking to her about some of the anxiety baby girl was recently displaying at school drop-off, this warm, friendly and self-confessed parenting book expert told me that she had started the practice of drawing a heart on her son’s hand last year, and telling him that when he pressed the heart, even though she wasn’t there, it was like getting an instant hug from his Mum.
I immediately LOVED the idea. It spoke to me.
So this morning as we were getting ready to pack her bag and leave, I said to baby girl “I have something for you.”
She followed me into the kitchen in wonder, looking around: “what?”
“No, it’s not a ‘thing,” I explained, getting a pen. Bending down to her I asked –
“Can I draw a heart on your hand?”
She watched in awe and surprise as I carefully drew the small symbol. So small, yet so full of hope, promise, and good vibes.
“Now every time you look at it, you can press it and think of me and all the love we have for you, all the love in your heart.”
I drew back and looked at her – her face full of happiness and excitement. It filled my heart with joy… that little drawn on heart, and how it could affect my beating heart.
How it could affect her beating heart.
A small heart. But, full of such love. ♥