Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Teacher.

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In all of my schooling, all of the places I've been, it's astounding to me that my greatest teacher of all would be a 2-year old by the name of Henry.

He's been teaching me things before he was even here- during those 9 months of pregnancy, and when he was just a possibility and an idea.

It's crazy to me what I've learned over the past three years, all of things I found out about myself, all of the contradictions and truths and clarity.

Henry's taught me that I am enough. Just me. In my pajamas, playing on the floor, no makeup and no fancy clothes.

That we don't need the newest things, the shiniest toys- all we need is a cardboard box and some wooden trains to run along our makeshift track, and we're set.

He is a constant reminder to be present and in the now. I only get so long with this little guy being so little (as I'm reminded every morning when he magically seems bigger than the night before), and I want to be there for every second- not wasting it away worrying about inconsequential things or on my phone or computer.

He keeps me in check. Last week Hank, Henry and I were driving and Hank and I were having a discussion. There must have been a tone to our voices because from the backseat Henry said, "Be nice guys!" We just about died laughing but it reminded us that there is always someone listening and learning.

Henry reminds me to slow down, to appreciate the small things, and to laugh often. To take a minute and notice the ducks on the pond, to wave to the big semi driving past, and to always make time for a snack break.

He's taught me that I am his greatest example. The other day he was playing to with his trucks and he was "putting them to sleep." I heard him say "oh, you are a good truck and I love you so much" in his toddler speak. He kissed them and tucked his little blue truck in, and I realized that he is taking in all of this love we give him and it's become a part of his everyday. And it reminded me of that quote- "how we speak to our children becomes the voice in their head."

It's amazing to think that this little love is only two years old. I feel like he is wise beyond his years and understands so much more than he is even able to tell us. I'm lucky to have been given the privilege of being Henry's mama, and I can only imagine all the fun (and learning!) that's in store.

23 comments:

  1. As a soon to be mama this was so good to hear, thank you :)

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  2. And then when you think you know stuff, you have a second child and they teach you new stuff all over again. Both of my children have taught me and given me so many wondrous things.
    A quote from my blog post from today:
    “Get out of your head and get into your heart. Think less, feel more.” ~Osho

    http://iliska-dreams.blogspot.com.au/

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  3. "how we speak to our children becomes the voice in their head." -- Absolutely wonderful and needed. Thank you!

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  4. So sweet! Those are such special memories! I hope I'm as wonderful as a mommy as you are when I have my little ones.

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  5. I love this! I hope I'll get the chance to make this experience, too, one day...

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  6. I totally understand this. I was a babysitter and I had kids I would go to every week at least once. It's amazing how they can make you see things so differently. I am SO looking forward to being a mom too, I think it's the most wonderful thing, I hope I can be a stay home mom! I really do. Looking at your posts this seems so nice! You really are inspiring to me !
    I wish you and your family a wonderful 2013 filled with hapiness, love and health!

    Love, Saar

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  7. The innocence of children can definitely teach us a lot. If only we could learn to live so simply again, with nothing but love and kindness in our hearts.

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  8. Such a beautiful post and so true! I've learnt more in the last 9 months with Eamon than I have in any degree I've done. More about me, us as a couple and my family. Ive just spent the last week doing nothing but being present with family. And it's been the best gift I've ever given myself.

    If you're interested you can read about it here... www.littleoldsouls.com

    Ps. Happy new year!

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  9. Truck kissing is the best part. :)

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  10. As the mama of a 6-month-old this is such a good read. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. This is such a lovely post ^_^ As someone who isn't a mother but is hoping to build a family one day, it's so exciting and touching to think of everything there is to look forward to.

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  12. Oh this makes me teary...I feel the same with my little ones and they are only 6 months old. I can't wait to learn more from them!

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  13. I can tell how heartfelt this was. Thank you; such a great post. I am not currently a mother, but I see my sister with my 2 year old nephew and 4 year old niece, AND I am currently thinking/heading to having a child so these lessons, these truths, these observations really resonate. It's so true to realize the importance of being present and realizing the small things :)
    Very inspiring

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  14. That's so sweet about Henry's response to your discussion! I love children and it's always amazing to see how they learn, grow, and adapt, but one of the best things is getting those insightful little moments where you can see how they perceive the world. I can't wait to be a mama one day and learn from my little one.

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  15. what a beautiful post, and boy you've got there, dani. makes me that much more excited to be a mother.

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  16. This is so beautiful and so indicative of your "Mother's" heart. Children are a blessing.

    xoBrittany
    brittanykytecreated.blogspot.com

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  17. I only check up on your blog once in a while, I must say this post is awesome. It's so sweet and real.

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  18. This post is both cute and wise! Children are so pure and innocent and in their innocence, they carry their wisdom. It's lovely to read how the little one is teaching you so much.

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  19. i've never posted on here although i read it daily (i'm internet shy) but i wanted to tell you that this is my most favorite post you have ever written. my heart swelled and my eyes are filled with tears at the sheer beauty of all this. may you continue to cherish all the beautiful moments you have with him. i'm sure Henry is grateful that you notice.

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  20. I love this. I love how much children can teach us just by being themselves and learning every single day. Wonderful post :)

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  21. Yes yes yes! (I hope you still like reading my comments even though I am nowhere near as eloquent as you) but yes yes yes I wholeheartedly agree!!!!

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  22. Love your photos, and your blog!! This is such a beautiful post. I can't wait to read more.

    -Mia @ M i a B e l l a

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