... I went out this afternoon - just for an hour or so - and Granddad was left in charge of Fern, who was sleeping. When I got home, they were sitting in front of the telly and the moment Fern saw me, she burst into tears! Then, she leapt up and into my arms where she (shock! horror!) voluntarily gave me a kiss! And it MADE ME FEEL GREAT.
My daughter rarely displays public sentimentality toward me; indeed there have been times she has blatantly rejected me for her dad/ nan/ cousins etc. I --- sniff --- understand it... I mean, I have only spent 24 hours/ 7 days a week with her for 16 months, shoving my nipple toward her mouth on demand for the first 12 and really, I don't expect anything in return.
Except, say, A BIT OF PREFERENCE OVER ANYONE ELSE IN THE WORLD?!?
So anyway, the fact that my daughter had apparently gotten out of bed and scurried through the house in tears, calling out my name for 20 minutes before she despondently gave up and waited for me made me feel good.
Because my daughter has the ability to make my day, just by that one kiss. Am I shallow much?