Currently, I am in Savannah with my sister-in-law and her children. Not having children myself, I am always taken by surprise when I hear children bungle their way through their odd way of understanding the world to stumble onto a truth even higher than what the “adults” know to be true. One of these universal truths appeared to me tonight like the sunrise over the horizon when my 7 year old niece explained to The Marine that the “male consciousness” (I swear—she said those words) was not deep enough to understand women.
As this man, amazing to his very soul, stood being dressed down before my niece, I thought it time to teach the little girl a lesson about life and love. Instinctively, I reached my hand to cup his face which brought the trouble in his green eyes to face me. I could see it was disturbing him to hear a child so young stumble over the teachings that left hope destitute of love and respect. Looking at him, I smiled and answered her with “my dear, this man is the best man on the planet.”
Her eyes, filled with cynicism from too much intelligence at too young an age, she faced me with her “I know everything” look, said without hesitations, “you just think he is the best man on the planet because you are married to him,” her tone mocking my own with sarcasm.
I smiled at him one more time, wishing I could rub my thumb over the worry on this face to erase concern, as I leaned down to the smaller set of eyes like his with a lesson of my own….”no dear, I am married to him because I think he is best man on the planet. That is the difference between pride in ownership and love. Love is not blind….love sees everything….including the truth.”
She is thinking that over….and so am I. ~~Dee