Waiting for his treat, he forces a splayed hand as close to my view as a three foot frame can stretch. I am about to drop them one. two. three. into his grasp until I looked down and see his hand waiting in true toddler fashion. Fingers spread, his palm urges upwards. Everything I hand him will tumble to the floor.
I take the last of his baby-chubbiness into my own hands, forming a bowl for his treats to land. He catches them smiling and shovels them to his lips before they can sprinkle a crumb to the floor.
We will practice this for years to come.
cup your hands
gather all you have been given
Sawyer and my mom cuddling by the lake
What is one thing you hope your children grow up to appreciate?
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Beautiful shot. I hope Lucas grows up to be sensitive and understanding, loving and always curious about the world around him.
Such a wonderful reminder, Jessica. We are so blessed.
Grace Tronny says
What an awesome analogy! It’s indeed very important that we appreciate what we have. Cute pic!
So wonderfully evocative of those early years, how very precious is this time Jessica. Lovely shot with Grandma and grandson as well, so full of comfort and love.
Jenni & Andy says
cup your hands
gather all you have been given…
I should tape this to my bathroom mirror, to serve as a reminder every morning.
I need to remind myself too. Some days it’s not as easy as others.
JDaniel4's Mom says
I would love for JDaniel to learn to be sensitive to other people’s feelings.
Darcie Maranich says
Beautiful sentiments, as always.
PS. Something tells me that he’s going to get it just right.
I hope so, he is such a sweet boy, I hope I can keep him that way.
I hope that someday they can appreciate each other, though that seems unlikely after a summer together. 🙂
Gorgeous picture and words to live by!
I hope that all the time too, that my kids grow up loving and appreciating other. One of these days right?
By Word of Mouth Musings says
So sweet … smile indeed!
My Inner Chick says
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julie gardner says
What a perfect metaphor…
We should all go through life with our lips smiling, our hands cupped, appreciating what we’ve been given….
I try and I hope that my kids always will too. I’m sure there will be years of asking for more and more and more but hopefully they will remember what is truly important.
I love this soooo much!!!
He is so adorable. There are so many things I hope that they appreciate – if I had to pick just one I think I might go with wiping. . .xo
Its truly true that you have to appreciate what you have now..Thanks a lot for the analogy..
I love the picture. Such a sweet moment captured.
I hope that my kids grow up to appreciate the little things that people do for them. Those little things add up and can really make your life brighter.
Completely agree and if they understand this they will do the little things too.
Lady Jennie says
I love the image you presented at the end – with the cupped hand, face up, waiting to get the treats. What an imagery for life and its blessings.
Oh, wow, yes. This is just beautiful. (I never thought about it in that way before, but I know that I will now, every time I help them cup their hands.)
Practical Parenting says
I love this imagery. Yes, this will be practiced for years to come…and you will savor each moment. xo
Beautiful. I love the chubbiness of a baby’s hands. Perfect descritpion.
Lisa @ Two Bears Farm says
Beautiful, sweet words.
I hope mine grow to appreciate that we live rural.
I think that would be such a cool way to grow up, I hope they appreciate it too.
Its an inspiring message…Its truly true that you have to appreciate what you have now..Thanks a lot for the analogy..
Such a beautiful picture. The love of a grandparent is amazing.
I hope my kids will appreciate their family and more importantly each other.
I do too. I know there will be many moments of sibling arguments to come but I hope they truly know how lucky they are to have each other.
Kristin @ What She Said says
Lovely message, lovely analogy. 🙂
What is it about pictures of grandparents with their precious bundles of grandchildren goodness?
Lovely lesson. I hope my children grow up to appreciate the small things. And each other.
I hope the exact same thing.
What a sweet picture!
Thank you, my husband took it and I couldn’t wait to share it here.
Gorgeous snuggle shot!
I hope I can help them learn that laughter makes everything just a little bit better (the good AND the bad things that life throws at us).
Couldn’t agree more, we have to be able to laugh at ourselves.