First Among Equals

ImageTwo days ago, my little girl had her first birthday. I know she’s still a baby. She can’t walk very well, she only says a few words–one of which is “R”–and she hasn’t really done anything important yet.

She doesn’t have a real moral compass, so she hasn’t had the opportunity to stand up for what’s right. She can’t tell Liz and I how much she loves us because she doesn’t really understand love that way yet. She isn’t even big enough to walk the chihuahua.

So how can I be so proud of someone who hasn’t done anything yet?

Well, sometimes she throws her head back and laughs, and I can see her tooth that’s just peeking through. When I wiggle my finger in her armpit, she reacts as if I’d just given her a kitten. When she sees our actual cat she tries to smack it, because she doesn’t totally “get” petting. She cries when I walk out of the room because she isn’t sure if I’ll be back. She snuggles into my neck when I’m holding her and she’s sleepy. Sometimes, she’ll stop playing and scowl at her toys. And sometimes, like now, she lays in her bed sleeping, and I look at her on the baby monitor, and I melt, just a little bit.

So how could I not be proud?

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24 thoughts on “First Among Equals

  1. beverlyq says:

    This is beautiful and so heartfelt. I’m sure when she does learn to read and stumbles upon this, she will be the happiest child in the world.

  2. Vijaya says:

    Very cute. God bless your daughter πŸ™‚

  3. saradraws says:

    I dunno…seems like she`s done a lot in a pretty short period of time. Learning to walk from scratch? I don`t know how many adults can do that…
    Pretty impressed myself.

  4. julie waggoner says:

    awww so sweet Brent. You just have no idea until you become a parent huh?

  5. Jo Dahler says:

    Can I ditto what Julie wrote just above. There’s just no way to know, until you’ve been there.

  6. How can’t you be so proud?

  7. adorable – of course you are proud

  8. krystina says:

    Brent, as I was reading I had very similar thoughts of everyone else. I have never read your reading, but I must say I like your style of writing. So… I started searching for another post. I came across the one you posted just after Clem was born that reads “…It turns out that I wasn’t broken after allβ€”as time has passed, I’ve grown to love my little girl more and more. I’ve yet to experience the heart explosion and that’s ok.” I thought to myself, her birthday may have given you that heart explosion that you expected, anticipated even, a year ago. If I’m wrong that’s okay. If I’m right that okay, too πŸ™‚ Hope you’re having a great day!
    -Tina

  9. I knew you were a keeper. I want wonderful grandbabies…so there must be wonderful sons-in-law for my daughters. And, I got them!!

  10. It’s amazing how our love for our chldren is big enough to fill the world. She is absolutely adorable. πŸ™‚

  11. godtisx says:

    I’m not a parent, but I can intuit this a bit. And your daughter is lovely, and funny. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing proud poppa. πŸ™‚

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