The past few days have been dizzy with kiddies! Our Uncle Nick, his wife Sabine and their two children, Lola (3) and Nathan (10 months) are visiting us from the motherland!
Tonight was a night of baby sitting, bath times, book times and bed times. Even the nappy changes were fun and I adored seeing Ben be ‘Daddy’ for the evening, what a wonderful time we are going to have as parents!
What a blessing kids are and how clearly they express themselves and their true emotions. It lead me to consider adults and their expression. What dreadful damage we can do to others when we allow our surface or defensive emotions to be blurted out rather then our deep true feelings. I once heard that most of what we say and do are like the waves in the ocean. They are all caused by deep currents that tend to be invisible but are apparent by the height and ferocity of the waves. When we feel hurt or wounded this is our deep current feeling, but our expression of this or our wave actions tend to revolve around defensive hurtful anger and protective vile words. We cannot bring ourselves to share exactly how our current feelings are swelling and therefore react in ways that do not bring clarity but usually bring on intensified conflict.
How we need to go back to the ways of our toddler-ness when we immediately shared what we liked, didn’t like or what hurt our feelings so that conflict can be resolved quickly and with less pain then we as adults inflict by protecting our true feelings.
Below are a few choice photos of Lola sharing with Ben and I her ‘banane’ (she is bilingual, clever girl). I am going to miss them when they’re gone.
One for Beth, one for Lola and one for Ben 🙂
Uncle Nick with his youngest two, love them all! What a delight to have the Lola dancing along to ‘Galaxies’ by Owl City in the van with us. Have to try and get that on film before the trip is over.