“We need to put sunscreen on before we go to the park,” I explained to my son as I lathered his arms and then his face, “Because the sun is really hot. And it can burn you….. like a tater tot!”
“Tater tot?!?” he exclaimed without missing a beat, “That’s silly!!”
“Thank you for being our son,” I said quietly as I looked at our dear Little Man through the bars of his crib at bedtime, “Thank you for coming to our family.”
His sweet eyes met mine as he listened with a peaceful smile on his face.
I reached through the bars and held onto his little hand poking out from his covers.
“I’m so grateful that we can be a family for forever,” I continued, “That you can be our son for forever.”
His eyes never left mine as he replied, “Family forever.”
“That’s right,” I said, “We can be a family for forever.”
His little hand squeezed mine as he eagerly replied, “Bubbers… Mommy… Daddy… forever!”
I smiled with my heart in my throat and squeezed back, “Yes! That’s exactly right.”