I didn't think those words would melt my heart they way they did. I know little children are very unconditionally loving, but this child had no obligation to love me - she is not related to me. I often feel so undeserving of the love of my niece and nephew because I only see them a few times a year. Yet, because I am their Aunt Rissa, they love me dearly...because that's what kids do so perfectly.
Her words made me wonder, "Do I deserve this love? I didn't even do anything..." I smiled as I realized that in the eyes of this little girl, I must be pretty cool just because I'm there and she's happy when I am. And in my eyes, she's pretty cool too.
I returned her favor as I watched her ridiculously cheesy little grin, "Thank you, Gwen. I love you too!" Because I do. You always hope you are going to find love when you begin a romantic relationship, but what I didn't ever guess was where exactly that love would come from.
|Red Butte Gardens after we took her to dance class at the end of September|