Our Secrets

“I want to tell you a secret, mommy.” She says, with the huge grin on her face.
“Tell me!” I say.
“But you have to come closer, Mommy!”
I scoot closer to her. She places one hand on my shoulder. With her other hand, she carefully pushes my hair behind my ear. Her tiny little fingers work hard to make sure each and every strand of hair is carefully tucked away just right.
“I can’t wait to hear your secret!” I say, while softly clapping my hands. “I have a feeling I’m going to LOVE it!”
She giggles. Then she presses her lips up against my ear. She begins to whisper.
“You are the best Mommy in the whole wide world and I love your beautiful face and hair and you are my best friend.”
I turn my face to look at hers. “Thank you, baby girl.”
I kiss her forehead.
“Now, mommy wants to tell you a secret!” I say.
She giggles sweetly as she sits down.
I gently sweep her dark brown hair behind her adorable little ears.
I begin to whisper.
“You are the best daughter and I love your sweet face, your laugh and the way you hug me. I love you with all of my heart, Chunky Head.”
She smiles from ear to ear, reaches up and throws her arms around my neck. She squeezes my neck tightly and I squeeze her right back. I close my eyes and take it all in.
Just another moment of many in a day of my life. But one that takes my breath away.
“Your life isn’t perfect, but it is good.” My heart whispers. “Because it is full of love. So much love.”
And I write it down, because I never want to forget.

32 thoughts on “Our Secrets

  1. Tammy

    Every single time my daughter goes to whisper a secret in my ear, she quickly licks my face and runs away laughing her fool head off.

  2. mommabird2345

    So sweet. :)
    I love when my girls come up to me, give me hugs and say “I love you mommy”. Melts. My. Heart.

  3. Angela

    How precious! Nicky likes to tell us secrets too. But usually his is a single word…”chameleons!” Yeah, I like your secrets better. lol

  4. Verna

    A beautiful moment—-and BEAUTIFULLY written!!
    from Verna (Oregon)
    I visit your blog from time to time. I don’t have a blog, but I enjoy reading a few others. Guess I am just one of your “ghost” contacts.

  5. Marcy

    My Daughter is getting married on the 22nd of this month..
    This post just about killed me..
    (But in a good way)
    Thanks for sharing.. it goes by fast !

  6. andifoo

    It’s so hard to find just the right words to express how much these sweet moments mean to us as mothers… but you do a pretty damn good job of it, lady. This made me smile and sigh a big happy sigh.

  7. Stephanie

    Oh I use to love when my son would do sweet little things like that. Now he is a teenager and I can barley get him to watch TV with me. They grow up so fast!

  8. Catootes

    Best. Moments. EVER.
    I’m so grateful that my daughter still comes up and hugs me spontaneously. She’s 12 now and I don’t know how long that will last.
    Thanks for reminding me to hold these memories fast and hard.

  9. lani

    Easily one of my favorite blog posts of yours. Ever. Beautiful picture. Beautiful girl. Beautiful you. Beautiful moments. Makes me smile.

  10. JesseeezMom

    “Your life isn’t perfect, but it is good.” My heart whispers. “Because it is full of love. So much love.”
    I REALLY needed to hear that today!
    So True..Thank You!

  11. Olivia

    I’m 28 and I still love my mother the way your daughter loves you now. Your stories make me hope I can be as good of a mom someday as you and my mother both are.

  12. Tammy

    *sob* That was beautiful. I have been reading your blog for a few years now and love the way that you speak about your children. It is clearly evident how much you love them and nurture them. And, by their actions in return, how much they love you. Happy (early) Mother’s Day!

  13. Avery

    Lurker – I know that you are concerned about your weight. I am a small person and always have been and don’t really “understand” your perspective. But, the picture of you and your daughter is beautiful. I have noticed lately that your are taking much more pride in your apperance. I think you look the absolute best I have seen you look the entire time I have followed your blog. Keep up the good work! Not just the weight loss but the pride your are taking in the way you look! I know you are in inspiration to your daughter.

  14. Amanda

    You have probably already been told all of this, but I think that your quest to get healthier, fitter, stronger, is perhaps the most beautiful gift I have seen a mother give. Courage, confidence, purpose, joy…it’s all in there. I just adore you.

  15. Rebecca Grace

    Thank you for sharing this. My little son is full of hugs and sweetness like this right now, too; you’re right that we should write down these blessings that are common to us today so we can remember and cherish them forever. Happy Mother’s Day!

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