Inspired by my friend Cathy Michaud, I am putting a heart on each of my kids’ doors for every day in February. On the hearts I write something I love about them.
As you probably know, I was away from the kids for more than six months due to my successful battle with lymphoma, so I wanted to do something special, something meaningful for them to remind them that I’m here, I’m here to stay and I love them. Beyond that, though, being away has given me a little distance on the kids and I feel like I’m looking at them with fresh eyes. These kids are not perfect, not even close! But for an 11-year-old and a 14-year-old, they’re pretty great people with a myriad of talents, ideas, and activities. These hearts also serve to remind me of the things that make them special – to me and to others with whom they interact. And it shows them specifically that they are valued by their dad and me. I continue to be grateful.