This morning, the kids got up early before Ben even left for CFNE. They usually transition to being awake by climbing onto the couch with one of our many fuzzy, super cozy blankets. Harley Love always, without fail, says, “I want someone to snuggle me.”
Since this morning Bode was down early, too, I couldn’t help but bypass my normal highly regimented routine to go lay down with the two of them.
Today was even more extra-special because Ben got sucked into the snuggle madness, too. So, the four of us started our own little love circle while piled on top of each other.
There were limbs and extremeties everywhere you looked, but it was as perfect as a pile of spaghetti.
“I love you’s” were getting thrown around like it was our job, and everyone was working it.
Finally, Ben says, “Bode, do you know what it means to love someone?”
Bode got a huge smile on his face, paused for about 5 seconds, then says as clear as day, “It’s when you care about someone more than you care about yourself.”
I, literally, couldn’t have said it any better myself.
Sometimes that’s how 5 year old boys work.
They keep it short, and simple, and spot on.
And, I’ll never forget it.