“Are your ears on?” I asked.
“Yes!” She answered happily, as she made a clicking sound with her mouth and moved her hands as if she were making sure her “listening ears” were securely in place.
“I have something very important to tell you. Are you ready?”
When I woke up this morning I was greeted by several text and Facebook messages with a link to a breaking news story.
“Thought you might want to see this.”
“Saw this and thought you would be interested.”
“Thought of you when I watched this.”
The story was about Jimmy Kimmel. During the opening monologue on his show Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night, Kimmel opened up to his audience and the world about the birth of his son, Billy, on Friday, April 21st. What at first seemed to be a uneventful and typical birth turned out to be anything but.
“Look at your baby!” the Labor and Delivery nurse exclaimed.
My first child, a little girl, was here. I opened my eyes, which had been squeezed tightly shut during the final exhausted pushes of labor. I looked, and there was my baby being held near the foot of my bed. Her skin was a purplish hue and she was not crying.
To borrow some famous song lyrics, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love.” No matter how cliché it may sound, it is so true. So, this year when it was time to think of some Valentine’s Day craft ideas, I decided our family’s theme would be kindness. The kindness theme also coincides with Random Acts of Kindness Week, which is Feb 12-18, 2017. Win/win!