happy

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.

26 comments on “happy

  1. The Flamingo Room

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

  2. Juanita

    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!

  3. MsJess

    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.

  4. glugleglutenfree

    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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