These are letters to Jack, my son, and my daughter, Audrey. You have given me the gift of motherhood. This is just a little gift back. I want to share my experiences with you of your childhood from my perspective of watching you grow - of being your Mom.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Hop On Pop

That Dr. Suess character didn't base this book on nonsense.He must have been a quiet observer of the parent/child relationship because it seems a common theme that children tend to use their fathers as playground equipment.You see it in the animal world, too.The parent animal looking like he's gone to another place while the young ones crawl and tumble and bite on the parent to their heart's content, safe in the knowledge that what exists between these two creatures is so strong that it can endure anything and they completely trust their parents.It's endearing and sweet to watch.The ultimate display of trust and love because the child is so small and the father so big.The child must be very confident of the love of their father to feel safe in the knowledge that Daddy's size is for play and the love that father has for his child must be incredible to not only allow it, but enjoy it himself, encourage it even!Because a stomach was not made to be a trampoline, and yet I have seen you jumping up and down on your father's stomach because you are enjoying the time together, being immersed in his attention and the contact.But your Daddy never shows a sign that this may be less than comfortable and your horse play continues until you move onto the next thing, usually with Daddy in tow.It really is a beautiful thing!



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