Thursday, July 28, 2005


Zach's natural state is happy. He leans into life with a smile - and with one of his ever-present airplanes clutched tight in one dimpled fist. He seems always to be on the verge of a bubble of laughter. He's just that kind of kid. However, he is only human, and he is only just two. Today he arrived wailing. Even through the closed front door I could hear it, and I recognized his, er, voice. Some mornings are like that! Respecting his distress, mom and I keep the transition very brief. In less than two minutes mom is driving off and I am holding the boy, who is holding his precious airplane. We snuggle on the couch for a bit as he calms. Harry, though not generally well attuned to emotional subtleties, has in fact noticed Zach's distress. He leans close and hands Zach a truck. (Not just any truck, either; this is the truck he sought out the minute he arrived, and has been clutching ever since. What a kind little fellow!) Zach reaches out to receive the truck, and gazes solemnly at Harry. Harry smiles encouragingly back. They hold his pose for a beat, and then Zach, with the teardrops still glistening on his cheek, breaks into a beaming smile. And offers Harry his airplane.


Blogger ieatcrayonz said...

Definite AW! Think they'll be friends for life?

7/28/2005 03:26:00 p.m.  
Blogger Susan said...

Mary P! You've made me all weepy!

7/28/2005 03:33:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Crayonz: well, there's an affinity there, for sure. Will it survive into kindergarten? Who knows?

Susan: I'm touched that you're touched. It was a lump-in-the-throat moment, for sure.

7/28/2005 05:36:00 p.m.  
Blogger Haley said...

I love those kids. What a great story.

7/28/2005 06:04:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Sharkey said...

"Awwwwww" is right!

7/28/2005 07:26:00 p.m.  
Blogger Misfit Hausfrau said...

How touching! Isn't it amazing how moving it is to see something like that. It can sometimes be fleeting, but moving nonetheless.

7/28/2005 09:20:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Haley: I love 'em, too! Harry, kind of in spite of himself sometimes, the little doofus, and Zach? Well, every so often I get a kid in care I'd happily adopt. Zach is one of those.

Sharkey: :-)

Hausfrau: Fleeting, yes, but as you say, moving. And meaningful. And encouraging. So when Harry is driving me mental, as happens once a day or so, I can remember this incident and know that under it all, he's well meaning and kind. A nice little guy. If exasperating... :-)

7/28/2005 09:48:00 p.m.  
Blogger Candace said...

That is SO sweet.

Little moments like that make it all worth it.

7/28/2005 11:58:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

They do indeed. Also the fact that as of about an hour from now, I am off for AN ENTIRE MONTH!!!

7/29/2005 03:11:00 p.m.  

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