More precious than diamonds my children are.
More beautiful than sunsets and roses and rainbows over mountains.
As unique as the finger prints that smear every surface they touch, thus blessing it.
The sound of their laughter rivals symphonies.
The sound of their gentle breath in peaceful sleep, is more reassuring than the locked doors.
The drama of their lives unfolding is more fascinating than any blockbuster or news headline.
And they love me. Even when I’ve told them off, confiscated every toy in sight, banned tv and raged at them. They still crawl into bed next to me, and wrap little arms around my neck, and kiss me with those overly wet lips.
They love me and trust me and that’s the gift.
The many faces of Oscar
He lays asleep, perfect little up turned nose and perfect little pout, his eyelashes long and dark just brushing his ruddy pink and full cheeks one of which rests upon his folded little hands. His hair curls on his forehead, around his ears and down the back of his slightly sweaty neck. Baby fat still shows around his wrists and elbows. He snuggles and nuzzles and is a delight to behold.
He is an image of heavenly peacefulness, purity and sweetness.
What a great disguise!
The Story Teller.
Awake and full of life, he is a bundle of curious and creative wiggles and bounces. Every object has a life and a story of its own. Spiders grow in size. They become super beings imparting super powers. Mystery puddles were left by aliens from the planet Blue.
I can’t always tell when he’s lying, please don’t tell him that. His stories sound so plausible sometimes that I find myself falling in to traps. Like the time he convinced me that the teacher brought her dog to school. His description of the dog was so real and so detailed, right down to the colour of his collar. How could it not be true?
The Wildling Child.
He has suddenly lost the ability to use words, has lost his language and can only grunt and whine and even growl. He laughs like a crazy possessed thing and does exactly the opposite of everything I ask with deliberate and cruel joy.
He runs, he throws, he hits and howls. And when I try to hold him he pulls and pulls and suddenly flops to the ground refusing to stand.
He becomes deaf to every warning, every plea. He demands and stomps and wails and screeches going red in the face with such rage.
All without warning and little provocation.
The Little Brother.
He often stands in the shadow of his older brother who he idolises and despises in the same moment. At once aspiring and frustrated. He admires his brothers skills but is frustrated at his own lack. He does not understand that he too will be that fast, that strong, that smart in just another year. He wants to play with his brother and be with his brother but on his terms and by his rules. He is lucky to have such a tolerant sibling who loves him and is patient and adores him just as much.
He is my tiny rebel without a cause. He strives to be different from the rest. He’s the child with the crossed Velcro straps on his shoes, the Spider-Man with blue hair at the Halloween party. Dances to his own beat, sings his version of the song but still as sweetly.
He’s the boy who will dress smartly for dinner one day but turn up naked the next.
His creativity knows no bounds and bears no restrictions. He can colour within the lines but he will not be oppressed by these boundaries.