Gifts that give back
My 4yo daughter brought this to me the other day and said, “Here’s my Tiny Portrait daddy.” I was distracted by work, bills, dinner, and other hurdles people and parents face on a daily basis. I wasn’t paying attention so she piped up again, “Daddy I said here’s my Tiny Portrait!” I turned my attention to her and my burdened countenance broke, my heart lightened, and I witnessed one of the most beautiful experiences of being a dad – and being human. A moment when someone you love does something for the sole purpose of participating in your life. “Who is it?” I asked. “Meeeeee” she gleefully replied with a smile that lit up the room – and my heart.
In that moment I was reminded that love and happiness can be products of something incredibly simple: Include the ones you love in something unexpected. Whether it’s a simple note, a surprise dance move, or a Tiny Portrait, taking the time to do something out of the ordinary for the ones we love can provide us with the greatest gifts of all.
Thank you Rose. I love being your dad.