I’m holding Claire, giving her the afternoon bottle of milk. She is dawdling in my arms while her father and I chat on this quiet Monday afternoon. I look up from Claire’s gaze and ask, “Do you think Claire loves me?”

“Of course she does,” answers Husband. He pauses. “Her feelings are so big she doesn’t even know it’s love. It’s just raw MOM-meeeeee!

I let the words sink in, and then I rapidly blink to clear my teary eyes. What a beautiful and apt perception.

Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.

–William Makepeace Thackeray

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One Comment on “Validation”

  1. withsticks Says:

    Having lost my mom a few months ago I can tell you I did love my mom. I just never voiced it.

    I have an almost 15 year old daughter and I tell her every day I love her.

    She’ll say “I love you” and I say “I love you more”

    I wish I could tell my mom one more time I do love her.