He's listening, sometimes.

Monday, October 17, 2011

You know those moments when your child says something and your world literally stops moving, because you're struck by the weight of the meaning? When you feel the full force of the responsibility of being a parent and understand the impact of your words and actions? I had two of those in the last week with Isaac.

The first happened while we were leaving Tony's parents house. Tony had taken the boys there while I was at my wedding and I met them there, and as a result we split the boys up as we went to drive home separately. Tony buckled Isaac in while I waited and when he finished he waved me out of the car. With his eyes big, he said, "You've got to hear this." I popped my head into the car and Isaac repeated what he'd just told Tony, except I didn't understand him. It wasn't one of his usual phrases or sentences and took me completely by surprise, even though it's something I say to Isaac often. He'd told Tony and then me "God made me one of a kind."

Wow.

He is listening. And even if he lacks the full understanding, it was one of those moments that I hope I never forget, because it was a great reminder to me to continue. I often tell him that I love him with my whole heart, that God made him special and most recently that God made him one of a kind and that there is no one else like him. He heard me.

The second was extremely simple and also happened in the car, also as the boys were separated and Tony and I were driving home from church in two vehicles. This time Isaac was with me and we were talking about going to the apple orchard. I asked him if Ezra should go and in a silly mood, he told me "No." I asked him who was going to watch him if we left him at home and he told me that our dog, Allie, would. I wasn't sure if this was pure nonsense or if Isaac was expressing some feelings of resentment towards his brother, but before I could worry about it too much, Isaac simply said "I love you mama." Que the waterworks.

And I'm tearing up again, because it was just such a happy moment for me. It was the first time Isaac has ever just told me that he loves me. There have always been requests for cuddle time and unprompted hugs and kisses sure, but I have never been told "I love you" without first saying to Isaac or asking him to say it.

Time is passing by way too quickly, but this growing up stuff, it's not all bad.
Isaac1

10 comments:

Andrea said...

Precious moments, Leah. Isn't amazing how our children can stop us dead in our tracks? I think it's because when they do or say something so thought provoking, we know it's straight from their pure hearts. Unlike adults who may have other motives or forget the true impact of certain phrases; with children, it's as pure as gold.

Meredith said...

Oh man, what sweet moments!

Jeannie said...

Beautiful...simply beautiful!!

Erin said...

I agree with that sentiment exactly - time goes way too fast, but at the same time, each new phase is more amazing than the last. The fact that my kid can now say I love you and remember things I tell him just takes my breath away sometimes.

As always, beautiful post. :) Isaac just melts my heart!

LC said...

Oh my goodness. Such adorable sweetness. Love love love!

Laura said...

How absolutely precious.

DianeTaylor said...

Wow - that is truly two special moments. Trust me - it just gets better and better. I still get a big kick out of my 24 year old son calling me to ask me advice - and he always ends our conversations with an "I love you". Always. Cuz you just never know. Cue the waterworks......

Jill said...

Ahhh, that's perfect. I love and look forward to these moments. So sweet!

kyna... said...

Awe, momma, such a sweet moment! Kids are amazing aren't they?
♥ Kyna

Lucky Girl said...

I've never met you or your boys - but this post makes my heart swell!

 

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