June 13, 2007

Mattie's Treasure

Anyone who has been around us much realizes that Mattie loves to get into stuff. She loves to play with real things as opposed to toys. I don't mind letting her. I don't much care if I'm picking up Legos or Band-Aids or blocks. It's all the same to me...

This morning she found a box of Band-Aids on my nightstand. She carried it around for more than thirty minutes, opening and closing the box, completely lost in her own little world of her discovery. At one point I had gone downstairs to empty the dehumidifier. While I was outside dumping the water, she was crawling down the basement stairs. I came back in to the utility room and saw her on the stairs in her little white baby-doll dress with pink hearts on it. When she saw me, she got a huge grin on her face. She held up the Band-Aid box to show it to me. "Wysyutdwsing." Then she leaned over a little bit, pulled the box near to her tummy and opened it. She pulled a few Band-Aids out of the box just enough so I could see them, looked to make sure I saw them, "Yojbbhjtejhgfagow!" and then quickly tucked them back in her box. She was so excited to share her little treasure with me! She closed her box again and grinned from ear to ear. She had a secret, and she wanted to share it with me!

It made me hope that she'll always want to share her treasures with me! It reminded me to pray for her even now. And pray that I can be the kind of mother to foster a loving, forgiving, encouraging relationship so that she wants to share her secrets with me, no matter how old we are. Mmmmmm, what a blessing that would be!

4 comments:

Valerie said...

What a privilege that would be indeed! I'm glad you finally got a child who speaks "jibberish!" It's a lot of fun to imagine what they must be saying!

Kjirstin C said...

That's so sweet! It's great to see your heart for that relationship - nobody could ever miss how much you love that little girl! And I love hearing her talk like that :)

Linda said...

Too precious!

Matt said...

Ditto to all of the above. And Liss, you are so observant and reflective and such a great story-teller. I really enjoy reading about your world down in TN. We miss you guys tons.