When I was a girl, one of the chores we had to do was the drying up on a Sunday. Of course it was drying up minus dishwashers. We always fought over the best tea towels and one of my favourites was the Love Is…cartoon strip one.
It was a cartoon of a little couple and a range of lines that showed what love is. It was started in the 1960s by New Zealander Kim Casali as little notes to her fiance.
Here’s my version (minus the cartoons) of what love is…when you have children
Love is…with children
…holding their little hand in yours
…them wanting to give you a hug and a kiss
…seeing them smile
…hearing them laugh
…being there when they win
…knowing you’re the one who can comfort them
…being proud of their achievements however small
…watching them discover everyday things
…see them connecting with other people and family
…listening to random nonsensical conversations
…seeing their love for pets and other animals
…listening to them singing
…watching them realising they enjoy something that they didn’t before
…seeing all the faces they pull during different situations
…enjoying family time
…looking after them when they’re ill
…having them try to care for you when you’re ill
…tidying up after them
…going shopping for yourself, but coming home with items for them
…receiving flowers they’ve picked
…eating cakes that they have made
…getting up at 6am when they’re up, when you really want to stay in bed
…watching them go off to new places and situations without a backward glance
…knowing the reason they want to sleep in your bed is to be close to you
…enjoying their love
…setting them free, knowing you’ve done your job as a parent.
What would you add to my Love Is…list? Do you remember the cartoon from your youth?
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