|Wide-eyed Jake at our building's Holiday party, 2011|
Jake to our neighbor sitting in the lobby with her leashed dog the other day as I brought him inside from his school bus:
Jake: You have a dog!
Neighbor: Yes I do!
Jake: Hi, doggie! What's your name?... (then, looking up at neighbor) What's his name?
Neighbor: His name is Jack.
Jake: Hi, Jack, I'm Jake!
Neighbor: He really likes kids.
Jake: (waving) Nice to meet you Jack! (then, to me, done here) Mommy can we go in and pet Cocoa?
A very nice, little social exchange!
Also, yesterday morning, my husband stumbled into the kitchen bleary-eyed as Jake was getting ready for school.
Jake: Daddy what's wrong with your eyes?
Dan: Nothing Jake, I just woke up, I'm still sleepy.
Jake: Dad, open up your sleepy eyes! Bigger, like this! (gives demo of his ridiculously wide-eyed stare)
And? Driving home from the big family Hanukkah party this past Sunday, we took a different route than usual into the city, as we were going to the East Side first, to drop off my mother.
As we pulled off the FDR into the city streets, Jake looked around and asked: "Are we home?"
I explained we WERE in the city but a different neighborhood, on the Upper East Side dropping off Grandma and would then be driving crosstown to the Upper West Side (where we live) through Central Park.
We were moments out of the park when Jake spotted a familiar building, and complained "That's not home, that's (name of our synagogue)!"
Boy does this all make me happy! Combined with his insights the other day (born, unfortunately, out of pain), combined with his amazing artistic spirit erupting, my son is really blossoming forth.
So as we head into this longest night tonight, having passed through the shortest day of the year today, I tell myself:
Have patience, have faith, it will be getting brighter; brighter and brighter, soon. Know it will happen, incrementally, day by day.
Believe; feel the coming sunshine, even whilst standing in the dark.
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