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08 August 2010

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pitting cherries with Lucy

Lu has been talking up a storm lately.

Full sentences burst out of her. Yesterday, she painted with watercolors for the first time, intent and swirling the colors. She ran into the kitchen to grab Danny's attention. "Dada! Come see painting!"

Pronouns. ("We take bath, mama.") Articles ("See the slide?"). She's reading words right and left. ("Soy milk!" she told us, when we took a box out of the grocery bag. We had never bought that brand before.) She babbled and said one word at a time for a long while. Now, it's just bursting out of her. She has been saving it up for months.

Sometimes, however, all it takes is one word.

This afternoon, she and I were standing at the kitchen counter, me pitting cherries, and her eating them faster than I could pit them. The sun was coming through the window. It was just the two of us after a morning full of people we love.

She said something. I missed it. I leaned down. "What did you say, sweetie?"

"Happy," she said, and leaned her head against me.

Yes, my love. Happy.

24 Comments:

At 10:07 PM, Blogger Cove Girl said...

Precious!

 
At 10:48 PM, Blogger ♥¸¸.•*¨Skip to Malou¨¨*•.¸¸♥¸ said...

awww..the joys of motherhood... PRICELESS!

 
At 11:18 PM, Anonymous Marilyn said...

A blog entry never made me cry before. Thank you.

 
At 11:27 PM, Blogger Banannas said...

Thank you for that ray of happiness, Lulu!

 
At 12:13 AM, Blogger Ruth said...

Beautiful

 
At 9:04 AM, Blogger B and B said...

Lucky :)

 
At 9:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Makes all those sleepless nights worth it, doesn't it?

 
At 11:26 AM, Blogger Ruth said...

Happy. Yes.

 
At 11:51 AM, Anonymous Vicky said...

Crying like a lunatic at work. Pure sweetness.

 
At 12:24 PM, Blogger Laura said...

That is so precious, I am crying now. Enjoy every moment.

 
At 12:53 PM, Blogger GFree_Miel said...

So cute and touching!

 
At 5:46 PM, Blogger k said...

Simply adorable. Thanks for sharing!

 
At 6:18 PM, Anonymous The Flamingo Room said...

How wonderful! I'm touched. And I loved the video. She is one sweet little sweetpea. Best of luck with the book! ~ Catherine

 
At 6:50 PM, Blogger Crystal said...

What a beautiful post. :) Thanks for the reminder to celebrate the simple things in life.

 
At 7:09 PM, Anonymous molly said...

You deserve each other, the lot of you. Every last 'happy'.

 
At 6:59 AM, Blogger Juanita said...

Oh man, aren't some kids just precious?

My three year-old nephew was visiting the other day, and I gave him a watering can to water my garden. He looked up at me and said: "Oh Nin, I'm so happy."

I think my heart swelled about three sizes bigger in that moment!

 
At 10:22 AM, Anonymous Jensey said...

Lump in my throat ... tastes good. Such love. Grins ...

 
At 3:13 PM, Anonymous Shed30 said...

What a blessed moment!

 
At 7:29 AM, Anonymous Andrea Scher said...

This one made me cry! just beautiful..
xo
Andrea

 
At 4:21 PM, Anonymous Elizabeth said...

Wow, what gorgeous love you have...so beautiful!

 
At 7:29 PM, Blogger Courtney said...

Beautiful post. :)

 
At 1:32 PM, Blogger MsJess said...

Reminds me of last weekend. I was visiting my mother in law and we turned her unruly basil plants into delicious pesto and rolled out home made pasta using a crank. My niece who is 14 months old and one the most delightful people I've ever met just said kept saying "happy" all day long.

 
At 2:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THis is the fucking gayest shit ever. How long till Danny leaves your ass?

 
At 3:11 PM, OpenID glugleglutenfree said...

What a beautiful moment! I think smiles, laughs and the word "Happy." coming from our children is the best thing we can ever hope to have. Thank you for sharing.

xoxo,
Tia

 

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