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Do Your Eyes Light Up?

*Picture not taken by Tami Paige Photography

Maya Angelou once asked, "How do you react when your child enters the room?
...Do your eyes light up?"
She said that so many times when your children walk into the room, as a parent, you see the untucked shirt, the messy hair, or some other aspect of their little self that needs "fixing". It's your love for them that makes a parent want to help them, but when they walk in,
do they see your eyes light up,
or do they see a disapproving look?
What message is being sent to them, simply by the expression on your face?
I'm not a mother, but I am an aunt. I'm a daughter, a sister, a friend. That question asked by Maya Angelou has replayed in my head countless times as I've wondered, when my little nieces and nephews see me, see them, do they see my eyes light up? Am I showing love in the details of life to my sisters? I've found that I forget to show love in the small corners of life.
So, I've been reminded by that question that is ever lingering in my head, that while I busily shop this Christmas season, and make all my plans to delight someone as they unwrap their package...to give the little gifts, like letting my eyes light up when I see those that I love walk through the door.


Rebekah said...

I can't tell you how many times I've thought about this since you first told me about this question. It is so convicting. Thank you for reminding me again of the power of a look of love.


Heidi Rink. said...

Great post Tam. I hope my eyes always light up when I see anyone I love. Love you Tam!
(my eyes are lit up as I write this) just joking :)

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