This week, I will be posting a series in response to specific topics, as part of the WEGO Health Blog’s Advocating for Another Carnival 2012. You can do this too; click here for more information!
Day One: Portrait Post
Madeline is a most extraordinary observer. This has been true since her earliest months, when she would astound me with the things she noticed, said and did in response to life around her. In her childhood journal, I wrote this entry when she was just 26 months old: “Maddy woke up this morning and looked out the window. Then she declared, the sun makes the sky beautiful, Mommy.” Simply put, she notices and thinks about everything. Often, she’ll take time to ponder what she’s observed, and then make comments about it later on that show the connections she’s made and the insights she’s discovered. And every time, every time, I am astonished by her contributions.
She is also a lover. Madeline’s keen observation skills augment her loving and caring disposition, making her highly responsive to the thoughts, feelings and actions of others. She interprets body language, vocal tone and word choice well, and uses this information to respond to people. When Madeline sees a need, she gives herself over to the cause of helping to meet it, fully and without hesitation. Whether it be me needing an extra hand getting the dinner chores done, or a friend needing help zipping a backpack, or anyone needing comfort of some kind, there is Madeline: ready to help, with just the right mix of eagerness and gentle support. While she does not always love herself, she has a depth of appreciation for life and those in it well beyond her years.
As any mother, I could go on for days about the countless qualities and attributes that make Madeline such a magnificent person. With blazing intelligence, quick wit, endless curiosity, boundless courage, tenacity, vast empathy, and a beautiful spirit…. I often wonder how it was that I was gifted with such an amazing human being for my own. The world is infinitely better with her in it.