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A small gesture can mean a lot

24 mars 2014

I would like to share a little family tale with you which reflects how meaningful a small gesture can be to a six-year-old girl. At the same time, I would like to thank and acknowledge my father for the quality of his presence. Thanks Dad!

photo from Growing Wildy

My father used to like reading the Sunday newspaper in peace. My mother always took care to make sure that my brothers and sisters and I didn't bother him. She said, "Don't make any noise, Daddy is resting. He arrived back from his trip yesterday and he's very tired." "Daddy is reading the newspaper, don't bother him."

Many years have passed since then and I remember it perfectly, very clearly. I used to like watching him as he read, and in a way, I was in awe of him. I gradually moved closer to make myself visible. When my father realised I was there, he closed the newspaper very firmly and said to me. "Here you are! What a pleasure! How silly I am reading nonsense when you are more important than the news! Did you want to tell me something? I'm here for you.”

Those moments were very important to me. I always tried to find them whenever my father was at home as he had to travel a lot because of his job.

You cannot imagine the impact those words had on me while my father looked me straight in the eyes with a big smile. He made me feel that I was the only thing that mattered to him at that moment. He was there for me and only for me. Even more important than the news in the newspaper!

Do you know what that means to a six-year-old girl? After a couple of minutes, as soon as I'd told him something, I went skipping happily away to play in my bedroom and my father carried on quietly reading the newspaper. Being there is one of the greatest gifts we can give our children from a very early age. It is magical and over the years it takes you to a deep level of communication, attachment and trust. As parents, we can find thousands of ways to let our children know that we are ready and willing to be there for them. If we make these small gestures sustainable over time, they can take us to wonderful places.

photo from Growing Wildy

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