We are rapidly approaching Valentine’s Day. Or so the ruby red shop displays would have us believe. This post does not endorse the commercial hype surrounding February 14. It is simply a reminder of the honest beauty of telling our children that we love them.
The use of the word ‘love’ is an interesting one. On the one hand, its meaning seems to have been diluted by its gratuitous use at the end of many a letter, email or text message. On the other hand, actually telling someone that you love him or her, tends to leave us feeling slightly vulnerable and exposed.
To avoid falling into either of the above traps, I created a habit of whispering a little personal love note in my daughter and son’s ear at some stage during the day. When I feel that one of them is in need of an extra boost of security. When I feel that one of them is craving some personal attention. I will hug them and ask: ‘Have I told you already today?’ When the time is not right, they will bluntly tell me ‘Not now, mama.’ But when the time is ripe, they will hold out their little ear and let me whisper I LOVE YOU.
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