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Little People AKA the Miracle of Children
For the past few months, I have had the distinct pleasure of spending a great deal of time with a beautiful girl (actually two of them). My girlfriend has a 15-month-old daughter who I absolutely adore. Being able to watch her grow over the past five months has been a very special experience. I have witnessed her changing from a baby to a little person with a unique personality. It is precious to watch her grow up and progress with each new thing she learns. For those of you who have children, you can understand what I am speaking of. And while she may not be my daughter, it won’t keep me from loving her like she is.
So often, I find myself looking at her and simply wondering what is going through her little head. She is becoming more and more verbal every day, and the words are becoming more recognizable. However, she still can’t truly communicate her desires. That is why it often puzzles me about what she is thinking. Lately, she will sputter off sentence after sentence. Well, I can only assume that’s what they are since they cannot be understood, but it makes me question if they make sense in her mind. What is she trying to tell me? And while her jabbering is downright adorable and I love hearing it, it can also be frustrating to me because I so badly want to understand what she is trying to tell me. It makes me wonder if she is frustrated as well because I am not responding to her exactly.
The most agonizing part, though, is when she is upset. It is so sad for me to see her when she is miserable. The inability to vocalize the exact problem pains me. Does something hurt, is she hungry, etc.? When I have an issue, I can easily tell someone or help myself, but she is not privy to this luxury. Sometimes, it can be relatively easy to figure out what she desires, but other times, it is simply a guessing game to be able to satiate her.
Even though there may be challenging times that come with children, the good times far outweigh the bad. My writing cannot even do justice to describe the way she makes me feel. It is an incredibly fulfilling experience to see a child develop. I am reminded how lucky I am every day, and I am so thankful. I cannot wait to continue to watch her grow and develop into the woman she will become, but for now, I am extremely content with the cuddly, little girl who can curl up in my arms.