I think this picture is so adorable! I was visiting my friend while her son had some friends over to play, and this happened!
This picture captures part of why I want to be a parent – yes, there are stressful days and long nights, but these moments of pure joy and sweetness make my heart sing. I can’t wait to hold and talk with my own child, to rock them, feed them, listen to their sweet little voice mispronounce spaghetti as “pusketti”, and to watch them run all around the playground. I want to watch them eat half their dinner, declare themselves “full”, and then claim that their “dessert tummy” still has room. I want to read them stories, cuddle them on my lap, help them brush their teeth, and tuck them in at night. I want to help them learn to ride their first two-wheeler bike, and then have them beat me in a race.
I want to watch their little minds grow and develop, and listen to them as they tell me about the imaginary world they created in an afternoon under their pillow fort. I want to help them with their homework, and reassure them that they’re still smart even if subtraction is tricky. I want to take them on playdates, and learn which of their friends are true-blue and which leave them when the class bully starts teasing. I want to be there through that first crush… and help them through that first broken heart. I want to teach them that they’re precious, they’re lovable and loved, and anyone who doesn’t appreciate them as they are isn’t worth their time. I want to shepherd them into and through those scary teen years, and trust that they will come out on the other side as a capable, responsible adult, who will follow their dreams and become their best self.
I can’t wait to become a parent – it’s a great big world, and I can’t wait to show my child the beauty and excitement that awaits them!
From the MacMillan Dictionary:
noun, plural framilies
1. people who are not related to you but are your very close friends and are as important to you as your family.
Seems there are too many new words and phrases popping up than I can keep up with, but this one I love. Framily is a way to describe the concept that good friends are the family we can choose for ourselves. Framily are our closest, hand-picked friends that we choose to make family. My actual family is always a number one priority for me, but the older I get the more I realize that family is not just biological. It is who you let into your heart, experience life’s ups and downs with, it is who you call during your darkest times and most celebratory moments. They know you better than you know yourself. I consider some of my most special friends to be as important to me as my actual family, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I’m visiting my dad this weekend and was so glad to squeeze in some time with my childhood friends, Lauren and Nancy, and Lauren’s children. We had such fun! To me, this is what Sundays are all about. It’s a family day.. or framily day :)