Thursday, July 2, 2009
'What does love mean?" she asked
Melía tells us she loves us a lot. Scores of times each day.
And at least as often, we tell her that we love her.
We quite enjoy it, although it might get kind of nauseating after awhile if you were here listening.
"I-love-you-so-much-you-are-so-cute, pweety pie," she'll say to me, rapid-fire. Kisses--wet, wonderful and splattered all over my face--come with the deal.
"I love you so much, my mini-Melía. You are my wonderful, sweet, beautiful princess daughter."
"I love you so much, Bo-Bo." (Bo-Bo? Don't ask me.)
This kind of dance goes on throughout the day, from the first hello in the morning, to the final good-night in the evening. (And on to the five or six loving good-nights she manages after that, before we stop responding.)
But one day, in the midst of one of these syrupy sweet conversations, she asked,
"Daddy, what does 'love' mean?"
I know now that I answered way too quickly, considering that this may be the most important question in the universe. The fact that I don't even remember my answer shows how profanely hasty I was to field this holy inquiry.
But I must have said something like, "Love is sharing, and being nice and good to people, helping them, even when they are not nice to us." (Accurate, but so blasé. I should have spent days pondering it, like I'm still doing with the "When will God rest again?" question.)
What I do remember is her response: "Oh, that's fun!"
I buy that.
Is love easy? Rarely.
But when we manage to pull it off, is it fun? Absolutely, my mini-Melía.