Friday, December 3, 2010

Reunions

Not too long ago, I was sitting in the lobby of a doctor's office.  I watched as a little girl was reunited with her mom after a short separation.  The girl turned around and when she saw her mother standing there she smiled and ran into her mother's arms hugging her.

I almost started crying right there in the lobby.

Not because it was a beautiful sight, which it was, but because I realized I'd never experienced that very thing. My child has never run into my arms, never been thrilled to see me.  It hurt, so I looked away.

It wasn't until later that night when I realized I have had that same experience. It may not look the same, but I do know what it's like for my child to get excited when he's reunited with me after a short separation.

Whenever I pick Elijah up from preschool, I watch as he walks down the hallway with his teacher or teacher's aide.  He happily stomps his feet on the floor and distractedly looks around as the teacher tries to steer him to me.

I crouch down and when we're close enough that our faces are almost touching, Elijah recognizes who I am and makes his excited noise (which sounds like the noise you'd make if you were about to get into a car accident - an inhaling Huuuuuuh sound).  Then he places his head on my shoulder for his version of a hug.

Then there was one morning last week - I didn't want to get out of bed so Andy brought Elijah into our room and placed him in my arms.  He made his same "Huuuuuh" excited sound, kissed me on my cheek and gave me the biggest hug. Unsolicited affection from our boy is rare, so I drink it in. The kid was excited to see me, which was all the caffeine I needed.

So, no, my child has never run expectantly into my arms, but I do know the pleasure of our own reunion.  Turns out, it's just as sweet.

7 comments:

Grandpa Dennis said...

I don't think I have ever gotten the Huuuuuuuh hug, but I have gotten the head on shoulder hug and that is good enough for me.

Aimee said...

That is so sweet! :)

Anonymous said...

Lisa--love your stories! Thanks for them!! Love, Peg

Anonymous said...

Love your stories, Lisa! Thanks for sending them (and Andy, Den and Kath, too). Love you all!

Anonymous said...

Lisa, I've seen Elijah look at you with adoring eyes. He loves you and knows that you are his momma. He has his own ways of doing things. Most of the time it is just as effective. Love you Elijah and Lisa and Andy.

earlybirdies said...

I recently discovered your blog and find myself coming back again and again. I love how you write SO honestly and your posts sometimes leave me so teary because I know exactly what you mean (and my son is only 3.5 months adjusted!!!).

I look forward to reading about your family's adventures. And I hope you don't mind if I link your blog to my recently created one :).

Lisa said...

Thanks so much for the comments everyone! :)

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