A Child-Sized Love
While Melanie was pregnant with Elizabeth, I had always wondered how Mason would be around her. Would he be jealous of the extra attention that she would require? Or would he become enthralled by her? My worry about it was fueled by the fact that Mason was really rooting for a baby brother from the start.
It wasn’t until the evening after Elizabeth was born, that the answer would begin to reveal itself. Melanie’s parents brought Mason to the hospital to meet her for the first time. We all watched as he bashfully inched his way closer to the hospital bed. Once he eventually made it to Melanie’s bedside, he reached out to touch Elizabeth’s hand. It was in that moment, when his face lit up with a smile, that his love for her was going to be all in. Once we were finally able to take Elizabeth home, there was an evening where a few people came to visit and see our new baby. The first visitor to pick Elizabeth up was met by a comment from Mason, “You have to be careful.” It was really sweet (and funny) to see him be so protective over his little sister already.
Over the past few months, despite sometimes feeling some jealousy at moments when Elizabeth has required extra attention, Mason has been constantly becoming more and more absorbed by her. He is always asking to hold her, make her laugh, or kiss her. There are so many examples I could tell of how he just seems to love her so unconditionally. For a child so small, his love for her is gigantic. Elizabeth must love him too, because she will smile at Mason almost any time he looks at her. He loves when she smiles at him!
Mason’s love for Elizabeth is a reminder of how important it is to express love through not only words, but by action. If there is someone in your life that you love, put that love into action. Someone you know and love may be experiencing a difficult point in their life. Let them know that they are loved.
Love conquers all.
“There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.” — George Sand