Thursday, January 3, 2008

In a word(s)

Words around here right now are very important. Just today I learned that Jadyn and Liana knew how to say "Wall." As in ... Jay-Jay hit her head on the wall and got a boo-boo. (Not fun for a girl who we suspect is getting an ear infection.)

Each day more and more words come to life and I'm truly flabbergasted with the amount of knowledge Dan and I have taught these future American female leaders. Not just words, but pictures and concepts, too. I guess I hadn't realized kids were this smart at (almost) 2.

Which makes me realize that I need to be on my best behavior ... even when they both cry incessantly like they did this morning.

After gazillions of written drafts in my life, handfuls of jobs, failed relationships, and mountains of mistakes I can truly look into their eyes and see perfection. Finally, I got something right. Finally.

Is it possible to give these girls the world without spoiling them? Without ruining them? Without setting them up for failure? For disappointment?

If 2008 is the Year of the Writing then this year's word has to be even more meaningful. But, surprisingly, it's not going to be about writing at all.

Or, perhaps that isn't surprising. What might be less shocking is that I can't choose just one, but instead, have to have a theme of words.

My words for 2008 (hereby called the Three Cs):

Contentment
Compassion
Creativity



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8 comments:

ONEDIA said...

You bet you can. Absolutely. Take it from a parent who provided wonderful opportunities along with an expectation that she be a kind and thoughtful person. It worked! You also will find your way, just because you ask the question then I know you will.

O.

Michelle (the beartwinsmom) said...

Ah yes.. the power of words. I remember when my duo started talking. It was incredibly emotional, especially when they started talking to each other.

As for giving your kids the world and hoping everything will turn out OK... I'm still waiting on that one. My boys will turn 7 next week (my gosh where did the time go?), and I admit that sometimes I do see moments of spoiledness. But, then I see moments of kindness and compassion. I think that's the same for adults, too.

I'm glad you've declared 2008 The Year of Writing. :-)

bella said...

I love your words for the year.
May contentment, compassion and creativity infuse your days and life.
And oh how I'm smitten with this photo of you and your girls.

Shelli said...

Oh my...you and your girls are beautiful. And I love your words too.

Mary P Jones (MPJ) said...

"I'm truly flabbergasted with the amount of knowledge Dan and I have taught these future American female leaders. Not just words, but pictures and concepts, too. I guess I hadn't realized kids were this smart at (almost) 2."

Beautiful. That's exactly how I feel about my daughter at 4 too. :)

I love your words for this year! What a wonderful focus.

And I love the picture. (So much here in this one little post!)

~Amber~ said...

Your girls are darling!!! Just a month older than mine! :)

Mama said...

Great post, and what a wonderful picture of you and the girls! They are so sweet.

Kasie @ ~The Art of Life~ said...

I love your choice of contentment, compassion and creativity. Those are wonderful words. I know that I could always use more of each.
The picture of you and your girls is precious! :)