Sunday, August 15, 2010

What I learned from a stuffed penguin

My sister, brother-in-law, and her kids are out visiting before they move to D.C. I got to hang out with my niece a little bit the other day. I found a picture of my sister and brought it to my niece, asking "Who is this?"

"I don't know," she said.

"It's your mommy when she was little," I said.

"Oooooh, mommy!" she smiled. Then immediately: "Oh look, a penguin!" Her eye had caught a stuffed penguin about her size. She turned around and enveloped it in a bear hug. Then, "I yuv (love) this penguin."

Wouldn't it be great if we were all like that? I love my mom, and I love the next thing that catches my eye, too. "Oh look! A stranger walking down the street. I love that stranger."

That would be cool.

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