Just a week ago, Alicia started taking her first baby steps, wobbling and falling back down on her well padded bum every few steps. And today when I woke up, I saw both Ashley and Alicia walking and “dancing” around in circles in the living room to the beat of Class 95FM. What did I miss?? I probably sound like a broken record by now but kids just grow so fast.
Yet, despite all the drastic changes that have taken place in the past year, one thing remained constant – her beautiful, joyful and ever-present smile.
When she wakes up in the morning, she smiles. Even when it’s cold and wet outside.
When you tickle her feet, she smiles. And then looks puzzled at how to remove the itch, as she has yet to learn how to scratch.
After drinking milk, she smiles. For it makes her tummy feel soooooo good.
When you talk to her and make cute sounds, she smiles. She probably finds your atrocious baby talk amusing.
When you feed her her favourite porridge, she smiles. She enjoys eating from a spoon and bowl just like the adults.
When you give her a balloon, she smiles. She loves the horrified look on your face when she pinches and nibbles the balloon.
When you smile at her, she smiles back. And when you laugh, she laughs with you.
And when you feel tired or down, her smile lifts you up. Her innocence reminds you of life’s many blessings.
Does she ever look sad? Only when you walk out the door every morning for work, leaving her behind to count the hours before she can be carried in your arms again.
In her dependency, she makes you feel wanted. And her ensuing smile makes you feel appreciated.
A child like her does not need a thousand words to say thank you. Her smile alone is that magnificent painting of gratitude that only God can create.
Dear Alicia, you can probably tell by now what it is about you that we adore so much!