So I know it’s been forever since I posted ANYTHING on this blog, and for that I’m sorry. In a way I’ve kind of done myself a disservice because I wanted the blog to be my own memory of Meadow growing up and parenthood and all that. But nonetheless, I’ve slacked and there’s nothing I can do about that. Besides, she’s still a kid and she’ll be a kid for a long time. So I’m sure I’ll have plenty to write about. She’s on the verge of being 20 months old, and SO MUCH has happened in the last year. I know, duh, right?
But that’s not why I’m writing tonight. I’m writing because the most incredible thing happened last night. Let me set the stage. She’s learned a vocabulary that astonishes me. I have no idea how she knows so many words, but she just does. She even spouts some off with intent: “outside” when she wants to go out, “milk” when she’s thirsty, and “No, Banshee” when the dog is barking. So last night I had a rough day at work, and I decided to go have a few beers with my friends since I had a few hours before needing to work again. So I got up, kissed Hana, and kissed Meadow (like I always do) and said, “I love you, Meadow.” As I got up I heard something from down around my knees… “Ah luboo, Daddy.” What the? I stopped. Hana stopped. “What did you just say?” I ask out loud, like she’s going to suddenly give a coherent, full English answer. She giggles. Hana and I looked at each other. I know we both heard the same thing. She just told me that she loved me! Holy Schnikes! It was the first time that my little girl uttered those words.
I can’t even begin to tell you what this feels like. It’s amazement, love, excitement, pride, happiness, and peace all at the same time. It’s indescribable. It’s euphoria. It’s sacred. Chalk it up there as one of those major milestones: the day she crawled, the day she walked, the day she first said mommy and daddy, the day she said “I love you.”
I’ll always remember September 19, 2012 as the day that my daughter told me she loved me. And yes, for those who may be wondering, we haven’t been able to get her to say it again.