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Valentines

February 14, 2011

In the eyes of the boy, I am everything. I know everything. Can do everything (except build snowmen). My kisses heal wounds. My breath in the night scares away the darkness. My hugs bring him home.

I carried him then, gave him life. Nourished his body with mine. Carry him still.

To me he can say, “I love you, too” even when I haven’t said it first, because sometimes love is unspoken.

In the eyes of the boy I am perfect.

In the eyes of the man, I am the other half. The other half of one whole.

I offer what I can and he takes it, adds to it and makes it more.

If I need help I can ask for it and he gives it. Sometimes I can’t ask for it and he gives it anyway.

I have said, “I’m sorry.” And he has said, “There are no conditions.”

In the eyes of the man I am perfect in my imperfection.

To me, the boy is life and light and lilting laughter. He is me and he is the man: he is the poignancy of potential. He’s also his own person and don’t you dare mess with that.

He is perfect.

To me, the man is the source of much of the best of the boy. He is more – much more – than I knew when I met him. He is my patience and my strength. He is rational when I’m not. He laughs when I can’t.

He is love, and love is perfect.

I’m lucky to have them, these two. My two.

Valentines.

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. Paige permalink
    February 15, 2011 5:45 am

    So beautifully said.

  2. February 14, 2011 8:21 pm

    I love this!!

    Mommies can do everything. And so can wives.

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    I like the new blog name too. 🙂

  3. KTW permalink
    February 14, 2011 1:41 pm

    What a beautiful ode love. Happy Valentine’s Day my dear friend.

  4. February 14, 2011 11:33 am

    This may be the best piece you’ve writen! Simply perfect

  5. February 14, 2011 10:06 am

    Your mom isn’t the only one you’ve made cry this morning. Robin, that was beautiful.

  6. February 14, 2011 10:05 am

    I am going to print this one out. It has the perfect words in each sentence. Written with so much love and caring!

  7. sandi permalink
    February 14, 2011 9:26 am

    OK, this confirms it. You DO deserve both Rich and Connor and they DO deserve you.
    You are a complete family and from the outside looking in, almost perfect. I know, I know….. nothing is perfect but I’ve told this to Rich for a long time…… he is a very lucky man to have you and your love. Now I’m positive of that.
    Happy Valentines Day sweet Robin…… enjoy every moment of it for this is the first one of the rest of your life!!!!!!

  8. Laurel permalink
    February 14, 2011 8:10 am

    Ooooh! This one is a gift. Have to go, I am crying.

  9. The Bearded Iris permalink
    February 14, 2011 7:17 am

    Simply beautiful!

    My favorite line: “My breath in the night scares away the darkness.” My youngest is almost 4 and he sneaks into bed with us every night. I know I’m supposed to march him right back into his own bed, but I just can’t. He’s my third and final baby and it is actually HIS breath in the night that scares away the darkness for me. He’s my last chance to get mothering thing right. Oy, the pressure.

  10. Bluebird permalink
    February 14, 2011 7:12 am

    Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.

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