I love this time in life where I get to carry around these little ladies who bring easy smiles to family and strangers alike.
We go to our local health food store and Cordelia has one woman whom she always looks for and hugs. The woman is so proud to tell anyone within a certain radius that Cordelia is the president of her fan club. Elise has now earned the title of vice president in training.
Last night I was in line at the grocery store and the cashier was telling the guy ahead of us in line that he was sick and tired. When it was our turn he spotted Elise and she charmed him with waves and sweet smiles. For just a few minutes he forgot all about being sick and tired.
That kind of thing happens all of the time. I feel so honored to witness the power children have to bring a moment of happiness to others. A smile from an elderly couple, perhaps remembering their own children at that age. A passing young mother laughs with me as our children make us smile. Cordelia has brought tears of laughter to the eyes of burly working men when they overhear her saying,"That was a monster toot momma." Even a simple hello or a sweet smile is enough to do it. If my mother has had a long week at work she will often stop by to soak up a little of their sweetness.
I love that.