“You don’t really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around — and why his parents will always wave back.” ~ William D. Tammeus
People are capable of so much, and yet.. so much goes unsaid, unheard or unrealized. We are capable of such greatness, only if we live above our hearts and proceed with good intention. We are capable of such love, and only every great once in a while does a moment come along to make you see and feel just how great that love is; how powerful it is, and how we cannot live without it.
Nothing exists in the world that is greater than love. In particular, nothing can measure a child’s love for his mother or father, and the same can be said of a mother or father’s love for their children. This is a simple realization for many parents, but sometimes this love is felt beyond the heart; in a place where eternal bonds are forged.
Sometimes this love is shown in a smile, in an embrace, or just in the gleam of the eye. And for those of us who know the pain of being away from our loved ones for long periods of time, saying hello and goodbye brings both the joy and pain of love all at once, in a fraction of a moment; like a sledgehammer to the chest. It is a sensation, without doubt that pulls at the heart, wrenches the mind and changes our lives each and every time.
I recently spent the best week of my life with my daughter. It was a long week, including a 2600 mile road trip, time spent well with laughter, conversation, late nights and early mornings. We saw sights, talked endlessly, made plans for the future, and hugged each other more than I could possibly count. We had eyes and smiles on us from across many rooms, whether it be at a gas station or sitting in a diner waiting on a meal. People noticed us, and smiled. She was complimented many times by several people, as was I.
Perhaps it was the joy we exuded by simply being together, maybe it was an energy, maybe it was the way my daughter braided her hair. No matter, it was there and it was noticeable. The whole week was spent this way, and I can safely say that not a moment of this precious time was wasted. But, as all good things seem to go.. it was eventually time to say goodbye.
We could embrace each other for eternity, as time is always still in these moments; these moments where the lucidity of the situation becomes very real. As people grow, as time tears away at the fabric of age, it always remains.. When two beating hearts share the same pure, unconditional love for each other, the universe seems to stop. Motion is mute, and silence becomes louder.
Saying goodbye for us is never easy. It is filled with raw emotion, a choked throat, tears and the trembling of a last embrace. It is in this moment where the truth can be found; where love is felt and leaves its mark upon the heart and mind. For me, it is in the first embrace and the last that I feel the most alive, the most rewarded, and the most loved.
We must all seek out these moments, and realize the truth that they bring to us. To feel such love is a blessing, and is the greatest gift of all in this gorgeous world. I thank God and the universe for the gift of such a beautiful loving daughter. For if not for her, my life would never be..