to see the joy in a child’s face when she experiences what makes her happy. showing her “true self” as described by her mom. the purity in the smile, the confidence in the step, the loving gaze.
i spent most of the day with family, friends ages two years to adults who are kids at heart. the two to five year olds were lovingly clinging to their parents and avoiding full eye contact with guests. they tugged at their moms’ hands or leg for comfort. one of the older girls had such respect for her mom that she listened to her mom’s instructions and came back and forth to share the progress she made meeting a new friend. another mom was so proud that her son was the best friend of the bday celebrant; she said it out loud to guests at two to three times. a niece tucked perfectly under the arm of her uncle. for me, i had the perfect date for the party, my daughter.