Y'all rock! No joke. There's something exciting about seeing people snag your child up at the door and envelop them in a tight embrace. Er, wait... let me rephrase that... There's something about seeing people you trust snag up your child. Yeah, that's better.
To those people, thank you. Thank you for caring about my child as much as you do. Just because we're friends doesn't mean you automatically have to like my daughter. But, still, you do. & honestly, I think you sometimes like her better than me. & if you would rather take her out for coffee than me, I'd totally be cool with that. In fact, when can you pretty please come and take her for a girls' day out?? Since you love her so much more than me, I'd be happy to oblige by staying at home by myself... with peace and quiet....
But seriously, it warms my heart to know that you really and truly do care about my daughter. I'm flooded with happiness knowing it's not a burden to bring Emmalyn with us to your house for dinner, or (grown-up) game nights. She's welcomed, and it's humbling. Your patience, when Emmalyn wants to hold the Catch Phrase game, hasn't gone unnoticed.
I can see the love going both ways in Emmalyn's eyes when she hears that we're going to see you. She won't stop asking about you until we're physically in your presence. And as if I weren't already convinced of the love, she reassures me by jumping into your arms. As a parent, it's a huge relief to know that my daughter is loved and cared for by others.
You don't just love my child when things are easy, though. Nope. You also love her when she's crawling under the restaurant table, licking your windows, or ripping her Flower Girl dress right before you walk down the aisle. Yep. That says a lot about the person you are. Someone who is there for you no matter what! Those are the kinds of people I want to not only surround myself, but my daughter, with.
So thank you. Thank you for being a part of our silly little family.
I must say, I think of Emmalyn as an extension of myself. & you love Emmalyn. & because Emmalyn is really just an extension of me, well that just means you really love me.