I also saw the love of my parents, in their unceasing efforts to take care of us, and dote on our son. They are truly amazing, encouraging and loving Grandparents. They are wonderful at showing love through supportive actions and helping us set our son up for a happy, healthy life. ...and in some cases spoil him as good grandparents do.
Then there is our son. Words fail me on describing his ability to melt my heart. He first gave me a present, handmade, and unassisted by Daddy. He wrapped it himself, and brought it out the day we put up our tree, and immediately wanted me to open it. I was unaware of the contents, and I love surprises so I would tell him, that I wanted to wait until Christmas.
Every day it was the same spiel. He asked me to open it, and I said unless it is suffocating or rotting, I wanted to keep the surprise going, and every day I got the same "But I just know you are going to LOVE it!" and cute little pouty face, followed by, "ok, but you don't know what you're missing"
Finally, on Christmas Eve I opened it. It was fair-he was able to open one early present, so I could too.
I literally had to stop the car. I looked back at him, and said "you would do that? For me?"
He said "Well, yeah! I love that house too, so I think we should get it for the Family."
I acknowledged how amazingly sweet his idea was, but that he should save his money-and we had a perfect house for our family, then he said it. Those words that get you every time "but I want to because I love you" How do you tell your child that a.) the intention is worth more than the action in this case. b.) the money isn't enough. and c.) there is no way I would ever, not in a million years take his money. And how do you do this in a way that isn't going to break his heart? I took a shot at distraction-made sure he knew his gesture was appreciated, and then quickly distracted him with prospects of a delicious evening of baking.
I am curious to see what happens next time we pass that house. I am also curious to see the other ways that love will manifest in our little life together.