There’s a softness in Katie sometimes, a vulnerability that she wears on the outside if she has exasperated me or tried my patience. And if I’m truly present, I can catch it and wrap her up in acknowledgment and words of unconditional love.
Today, as I helped her to get ready for her nap, her lovely little face was softer, even more tender than usual.
I sat down on the floor, gathered those suddenly-long limbs up into my lap, and brushed her hair from her cheeks.
I looked at her…really looked at her…and told her what I feel from the core of who I am, that she and her brother are the most important things in our world.
Her eyes glistened and she relaxed into me.
I squeezed her even closer and then helped her settle into her bed. I kissed her and said my I love yous and came downstairs, collected my coffee cup and laptop, and turned on the baby monitor.
As I do each afternoon, I checked on her brother, then switched over to the other channel to check on her, and heard her telling her white kitty, “Know what, White Kitty? You are the most important thing in the world.”
In an instant, I knew that the she truly hears me…that my words find their way into her heart.
And in that moment, I wore my vulnerability on the outside.