“Mama!” she exclaimed from the backseat of the car this morning. “Flowers! Two flowers for Baka and Deda!”
That’s right. She had picked a couple of yellow flowers from our yard while out and about bouncing on the trampoline before breakfast – possibly weeds, yet still bright and sunny-like – and had specifically told me that “this for Baka, and this for Deda.”
We were heading over to see my parents today. Her grandparents.
Baby girl is in this phase at the moment, where she will pick these flowers from within the grass in our yard and tell me who it’s for. Often they are for me, and if I’ve been complaining of something, it’s to make me “feel better.” 🙂 Awww.
But she rattles off names constantly: her grandparents, her Dad, her aunty and uncle, cousins… even kinder friends sometimes get a mention.
And it wasn’t just a flower. She had to pick it just the right way, with not too much stem, or else it would be carelessly and coldly thrown over her shoulder in a defiant motion.
I had left them on the kitchen bench, and in the car, she was almost devastated that she had forgotten and now couldn’t give it to them.
An hour and 20 later as we pulled into my parents driveway, I got her out and said “come, I have an idea.” We walked a short distance around the corner to the park they live next to, and started scanning the mid-length grass.
Sure enough, on my parents side of the fence, there were exactly two yellow flowers – no more, no less.
“Pick those for Baka and Deda,” I told her. “They’ll be happy.”
She handed them out proudly, and I wondered if my parents knew how much thought and care she had put into picking those flowers for them…
Some time later, in fact hours later, and I came back there after my hair appointment. I walked in to hugs and kisses and “Mama!” exclamations, and soon baby girl told me as we were packing up to leave “Me have very good time at Baka Deda house.”
Awww. There right there. You can’t fake that, a child can simply NOT lie about that.
To have my child who I love and care for so much, and my parents who cared for me so much and who I love, for those two entities to love and care for each other so much…
It is truly special. A beautiful, full circle. 🙂