From Red, With Love

This picture warms my heart. For so many reasons. “Mr. Duck” has been in our family much longer than Pink. He was Red’s best friend, second only to Blue. He was Red’s source of comfort, and has traveled everywhere with him. In a sense, he’s been another child. Every vacation, every grocery store trip, every bedtime ritual…Mr Duck has been there.  It was only recently that Red began leaving him home on outings, and not always remembering him at bedtime.  The other night, Red decided it was time to pass on Mr. Duck to Pink. He handed her Mr. Duck and said, “He be your best friend now, Pink.” What a bittersweet moment for this mama. At first it saddened me, because I realized my little babe isn’t so little anymore. Instead, he’s growing up, and learning to experience life without the crutch he’s always turned to. But yet, I couldn’t be more proud of that little guy. He’s the most unselfish, kind little kid I’ve ever met. He loves his sister more than anything.   And watching his love for her, and his compassion to make her happy, makes my heart so full. I have to think that one of the greatest  accomplishments a parent could ever experience is raising an unselfish, good hearted kid. Pink is lucky to have her big brother. And if her relationship with Mr. Duck is anything like her brother’s was, she’s going to be very lucky to have him also. So far, I think it’s safe to say, she’s pretty content.

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