Last weekend while we were camping, I observed our children interact with Alex in way that seemed to define who they are as kids and who Alex is as a father. Their individual connection with Alex was uniquely different, but true to their personalities. In a span of about 25 minutes the above scenes took place. Max began the mini marathon for daddy's attention. Serious and passionate about his topic, he drew Alex in immediately, who listened very closely. Alex responded in way that persuaded Max to think further and deeper about his ideas. Zoe, who was feeling left out, stepped in for some hugs and kisses, not be [happily] denied either. I can't remember what she and Alex talked about, but there were lots of smiles and reassurances that her concerns were just as important. Ben soon felt the urge to tell a story about something he did earlier in the day and, with lots of jumping, touching and funny face making, he was able to get his message across as well. While all this was going on, Alex was fully engaged with all of them sporting loving eyes and happy smiles.
To see all them interact so seamlessly with their father is a testament to the love and respect they feel for him. Allowing each one of them to be who there are and to navigate among their differences lovingly and patiently, is one of the many reasons I love and value my husband so very much.
Happy Father's Day, Alex!