Saturday, March 31, 2007

Childhood playmates and family relationships

Is there anything cuter than your first child's "first love"? Five year old Nicholas has been going to pre-school this year and one of his friends is Maggie. Maggie came over to play today and last night Tonya told me that one day this week when Maggie was leaving for home after school she puckered her lips and made kissing sounds to Nicholas. Obviously at this age there's no real romance but it is just so sweet and makes both me and Tonya feel happy and kind of giddy. It was really kind of fun to see them interacting together today.

I didn't realize until just now that there are still plenty of "firsts" for us to experience with Nicholas and Madeleine. A child's first step or first time speaking is definitely a milestone but it seems that as children begin to get older the "firsts" get to be more exciting and fun. Maybe even more meaningful because now that you can communicate better with your child it is shared by both parties on a deeper level.

Lately I've really been thankful that I've been so blessed to have such a great family. In today's world of high divorce rates I continuously feel that every anniversary Tonya and I reach is a milestone in itself. Some may wonder if it's even worth trying anymore to make a relationship work after going through a terrible one, but there are thousands of examples out there of really great marriages, marriages that took a lot of work to get where they are. Thank God for those examples, for something to aspire to.



Stew said...

Wow! I can't believe how much Nicholas has grown. It may sound funny, but he really looks more mature (at least as much as a five-year-old can mature).

There are always "firsts". How many do you think mom and dad are still experiencing, both with each other and their family?

March 31, 2007 11:16 PM  
Jared said...

That's true. I'm sure they are still experiencing plenty!

April 1, 2007 7:47 AM  
melissa said...

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April 1, 2007 7:55 PM  

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