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I have sorta been slugging around the last couple days. Just haven't been the same since hearing about my friends loss. I have been keeping myself busy enough the last couple days to keep my mind off of it though.

Lots of work is always a great escape, and yeah I know it's an escape but I choose it sometimes because it does offer me time to sort of straighten out my head a little bit. That said I pushed hard at work to keep my mind clear of all of that and came home a bit flustered from work. Lol guess it was a trade off in this case. I gave shock and sorrow for frustration and irritation.

So I went to my computer when I got home and was plugging away through the pile of emails that seem to just sneak right up on me and threaten to overwhelm me. My youngest son walks in the office and just stands there staring at me. I have to admit I was pretty engrossed in what I was doing. I knew that he was there, but he didn't say anthing just stood there. I didn't say anything figuring if it was important he would comment. He didn't say anything for a few minutes then walked out, so I crawled back into my work and continued on.

About 5 or 10 minutes later my little one was back. He walked around the desk and held out his hand. Inside it was a small piece of chocolate from that Christmas calendar thing we have on the refrigerator. You know the one that counts down the days to Christmas and each day you open a spot to get a small candy until you reach Christmas. I asked him what that was for and he explained that I looked like I needed a present. I just looked at him for a second not understanding. He told me I had been not feeling good and he thought that I should get a present to cheer me up. I gratefully accepted the chocolate with a smile. He gave me a big hug and told me that he loved me and ran out of the office.

The 8 year old boy was able to cheer me up in about 10 seconds by showing me that he cared enough to pay attention. Here I was thinking I was being coy and hiding it, and the smallest of the group saw it for what it was. He's a great kid, and has a huge heart. I just couldn't believe that he saw through me so easily.

I decided that if he was willing to go through the effort of cheering me up that the least I could do was be cheered up. I see everybody busy going about their business and not many people have the time to slow down and look around at the everyday stuff. I'm sure glad my kid is at an age where everyday stuff is still the thing that interests him.

I looked at my note reminding me to let my family know that I love em. I am making sure I do that a lot more, but I called Ethan back in the room, to give him another hug and tell him thanks again. The smile on his face from something that small was amazing to me.

The mood is improving just thinking about that little act of kindness from my own son. I just wish I was in touch as this little guy is to what matters the most.

Ethan, you are a great kid and Daddy loves you!!!

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10 comments

That is the sweetest story and you really know what matters. Thanks for letting us see that lovely moment.

December 3, 2009 at 10:23 AM

That is the most beautiful thing I have heard in a while. You are blessed to have such an empathetic, warm child. Thank you sharing such a tender moment with us all. I am truly sorry for your loss.

December 3, 2009 at 10:34 AM

Great story...another post I'll nominate for post of the year in a future blog post of mine.

December 3, 2009 at 12:01 PM

I am indeed blessed with these kids of mine :) They are truly awesome ....

December 3, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Your kid seems very sweet. That's a really beautiful anecdote..

Sarah

December 3, 2009 at 2:06 PM

You are rearing a wonderful little man....nice post....enjoy the lovely little moments. They are fleeting and fine....thanks for coming by.....glad to discover your blog...

December 3, 2009 at 9:52 PM

WOW! Love this!

Definitely save this post for him to read later. It'll be something so sweet to share together!

Brought a big O smile to my face!

December 3, 2009 at 10:49 PM

I think that I'll let it slide that he was eating a tootsie roll in my bedroom when he was watching cartoons...lol... I wonder if he planned that :)

December 4, 2009 at 12:13 AM

That's a nice post. Reminds us all that it's the small things that we do that sometimes matter most.

December 4, 2009 at 1:27 PM

Great story told in a meaningful way. It demonstrates that the most important things in life are the presence and connection of loved ones, most especially our children and grandchildren.

December 6, 2009 at 2:39 PM

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