Friday, January 25, 2008

Today ... I Heard Her Voice

It was a drizzly morning and I had just come out of the door of my daughter's school.

I stepped out into the rain and crossed the street.

Walking towards me, across the parking lot, was a man and a tiny little girl.

He was holding her hand.

As they moved closer, I noticed her dark curly hair fluffed around her tiny face, peeking out the sides of her red hooded jacket. She didn't look old enough to walk.

I smiled at the man.

I passed the small girl.

Suddenly ... from behind me, I heard her say, "I'ths wainin' ta-day."

I turned back.

She was pulling on her daddy's hand and straining her body so she could turn around in my direction.

I stopped.

I looked into her sweet little face and I said, "Yes it is. It's raining today."

And ... they went on into the school.

I was immediately taken with this tiny child. I don't know how old she was - maybe 2, but she was very little and I was surprised by the words that came out of her mouth. That she had the words. That I understood the words.

I loved how she was determined to make herself known - to make herself heard. I loved how she had chosen me to interact with and that she was ... interacting with the world. This very tiny girl.

I felt honored.

I heard her voice today.
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Please go over and check out my friend Courtney's post that she wrote today on this same subject - it's a great post!

79 comments:

JCK said...

What a lovely moment. I can just picture this tiny girl under the umbrella. She recognized a soul mate! :)

Brittany said...

awww that just..aww...makes my heart happy. What a great story!

girlymom said...

I am SOOO glad that you responded back! My 2 year old talks to people all the time and is so crushed when they don't respond. "they no hear me mom" "no talk me mom" Seeing it from the childs side- thank you. I'm sure she walked much taller.

I don't know how you find the words, the way you describe things is a gift, thank you for sharing your gift.

Susan said...

This was priceless. I can picture it asa I read it. Children are so precious.

Amy said...

well...awwww...you just gave me some butterflies...
thanks for sharing!

The Boyds Family said...

Awe!! That is SO SWEET! Thanks for sharing that and lifting my spirits.

Rima said...

What a lovely encounter, Kellan! You painted such a vivid picture, I'm still smiling!

Kami said...

How sweet, and what a lovely person you are for making her little heart a bit lighter!

:-)

Melissa said...

How sweet is that?

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Aren't you glad you took the time?

multipleblessings said...

She sounds adorable! :)

Jennifer said...

Oh, goodness, this is so sweet. And hooray to you for taking the time, in the rain!, to hear. her. voice.

pb&j in a bowl said...

That is so sweet. It probably meant the world to her and her daddy that you took time to listen respond.

Holly said...

What a sweet moment to brighten a drizzly day!

Bavani said...

Ahhh!!! I can't wait for the day to hear my little girl speak too. I love the way the words sound when little ones speak :)

carrie said...

I know what you mean. When you see a little one like that actually speak, it is kind of amazing!

Queeny said...

Awwwww, how sweet. She must like you a lot to honor you with the gift of that tiny voice. I'm melting like butter over here.

tommie said...

ooohh....kellan, you made me want to stop and bottle all the moments with my 3 year old. She NEVER stops talking....dude, there are some days, I can't wait until 7ish when she goes to bed......but now, way past her bedtime....I can hear her little voice and wish I could freeze it.

Mo said...

What a great story! I really love when such big words and sentences come out of little ones...they are too cute!

Are You Serious! said...

How cute! I love hearing little kids talk!

Shellie said...

How fun! I'm glad you reinforced her.

Lucille said...

Thanks for taking me on a brief trip down memory lane....I vaguely remember having a 2-year old. I think it was 4-years ago - LOL!

Oh how I did treasure those days, those words....it is bittersweet how fast it all goes - isn't it?

you are a true wordsmith and I so enjoy your blog.

Thanks for being you!

Tot's Mom said...

Guess it made your day. Hope there will be more sweet days like this for you to encounter and blog about.:)

Family Adventure said...

So cute! I'm glad you heard her and had a chance to reply. I'm sure that made her moment, too :)

Heidi

PS: Hope the girls feel better soon. We are off to the cottage. Have a good weekend.

Em said...

Aw thats so sweet!

One Scrappy Chicklet said...

That is precious. Thank you for sharing this morning. Sometimes we as adults forget that little ones have voices that need to be heard. Thank you for not forgetting that.

Have a great Friday,
Tami

kim-d said...

Oh-oh, today was one of the tear-inducing ones :)! This is beautiful, Kellan; it makes me want to go and talk to Girlymom's little one. I love it when little kids work so hard to get your attention, when they're not old enough to use words yet. Like what happens when everyone is standing in the checkout line somewhere. I have had many rewarding games of peek-a-boo while standing in line...makes me happy! Have a lovely, lovely day, Kellan.

Happy Days said...

nice story!! it was so nice that you notice and responded. it means so much!!!

Jen said...

I truly believe that children have a sense about people, that they can tell a good person just by looking at them ( I have a story to back this up but it is too long). I'm sure you made her day!

Cheeky said...

Ever since I was young - little kids have been drawn to me. My mom used to giggle because little toddlers would follow me around - sort of like I was the Pied Piper. Even now, in stores little kids will speak to me and smile - and I am happy to speak back.

Valarie said...

Thanks for this. I needed it this morning.

Sniz said...

Very sweet. I was behind a little girl about that age in the grocery store yesterday. She was facing me in the cart in front of me and although I was so close to her we were almost touching, I was so consumed with loading my groceries on the belt, I didn't even look at her or register her existence. She said "Hi" and smiled at me sweetly. That woke me up. I looked at her and smiled back and it made me happy.

One Scrappy Gal said...

That was very sweet.

I love when little ones speak up to make themselves heard.

Toni said...

How special of you to note the importance of this interaction....

missy said...

What a sweet story to start the day! So often we dismiss the small ones instead of listening to the preciousness they hold. I used to think that babies were the wisest amongst us, since they were most recently with God. How wise for her to show all of us the beautiful simplicity in the rain.

Kari & Kijsa said...

Oh Kellan...we love it when your funny...but it's the sweet, inspirational stories that we LOVE the most!

Have a blessed day!

smiles, kari & kijsa

Courtney said...

This story was so sweet. Like girlymom, thanks for acknowledging the child. Too many people don't and that crushes that poor child. Callee still doesn't speak, but Taylor spoke in complete sentences at 14 months and she would be devestated if someone didn't answer her to the point of yelling at them.

Maria said...

It's nice to stop enjoy moments like this. BTW, that was very well written, it sounded like a book!

EC said...

What a great feeling that you had - so wonderful :)

This Southern Belle said...

Aww--how sweet and innocent. Love this!

Kathryn said...

Oh, Kellan. Aren't you just the sweetest? You always make me stop and see the extraordinary in the everyday. I just love your perspective. Just beautiful. AGAIN!

kimmy said...

What a great story and moment for you! Kids are so precious!

Kimmy

Jodi said...

how sweet. i hope she continues to make herself heard.

Patti said...

I think it's wonderful that you noticed and understood the value of hearing her little voice. Many adults don't. I think that is one of the reasons why I like you so, Kellan. You "get" it! Have a wonderful week-end!

Amy said...

So sweet! I love when little ones make themselves known. I always get caught up in conversations with children, it really is amazing!

Pennies In My Pocket said...

Awwwwww! I just love this...gives me the warm fuzzy feeling that lifts my spirit! What a way to start the day! Thanks for sharing!

~melody~

Nicki said...

What a sweet moment. You treasure those moments.

bren j. said...

Just yesterday I talked to a friend's 3-year-old on the phone (I haven't seen him in more than a year). His speech was so clear. I was surprised! When his Mom asked for the phone back, he said "Mom, Mom. Just please can I talk for one minute longer?"

My heart did a little flipflop. So cute!

nicki said...

I love reading your stories Kellan. You appreciate the sweet, small moments that most people would forget in an instant. Thanks for sharing in a way that we can feel what you feel.

Shana said...

OH, I am so glad to have found your blog. I have seen you name over at Courtney's (Life with Taylor and Callee....I need a nap!) blog quite a few times. But just popped in today. Can't wait to read more from you! :o)

Karen MEG said...

What an adorable moment! You know exactly what's going on there don't you Kellan, you sweetheart.
I remember when Giselle found her own voice. It came out a bit deeper than we had expected, but cute nonetheless. Now we're working on her "quiet voice" for outside of the house. She's seemed to have grown a megaphone in her mouth since she turned 3!
Happy Weekend!

Leah said...

I LOVE little kid voices! And it's definately amazing how well some of them can speak so soon. Emily hardly said a word until closer to 20 months old, but Jared, by 18 months old, was speaking about 150 words and could say 3-4 word phrases (I want that, etc). Connor's following in Em's footsteps, it seems...

Ness said...

And Thank God you took the time to listen. You really didn't have to on a rainy, yukky day but you DID and THAT probably was the highlight of her day. I bless the people like you who take the time for what appears to be the little stuff but in reality, is the BIG stuff.

Shan said...

What a sweet story. There's a little girl across the street that I run into once a week or so and she always has something she's just dying to tell me. I love it.

Laurie M. said...

Oh, that is so cute!

Janice said...

Super Cute and sweet,

I too have a two year old and find it heart breaking when the (strangers) do not listen, I know she has a lot to say, but it is super sweet when other like you recognize another body, even if she is only two.

Jen M. said...

Oh - what a sweet, sweet moment.

Sharon said...

Sweet moments--almost makes me want one......almost. :)

OHmommy said...

Everytime I read your post my heart smiles. You are the bestest!

Courtney said...

I'm glad you commented on the post because I was worried you would be mad I "stole" it. Thanks!

Karen said...

It's so refreshing when people STOP and listen and then find it in their hearts to respond. Well done, Kellan.

And thanks for stopping by. My first time here and I'm lovin' your style, girl! *grin*

Write From Karen

Bren said...

What a sweet moment and it must have meant a lot to her for you to stop and listen. :)

TheVasquez3 said...

my heart is smiling, thanks for sharing that!

Pam said...

I love when kids are learning to talk and use their voice to be known!

LunaNik said...

Isn't it strange that sometimes the smallest, seemingly insignificant things seem to capture our attention. This tiny girl, her tiny sentence, and the big statement that she made. Incredible.

jen said...

lovely, isn't it?

Beth said...

Thanks for the lovely post!

Leanne said...

Great story! Thanks for sharing.

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BeachMama said...

I love hearing children's voices, especially when they speak out so gently when you least expect them to.

Angela said...

That is simply darling!

Becky said...

Aww, that's too cute. You've got such a way with words, Kellan...and that was so sweet of you to stop and reply to her. It was a win/win situation...it brightened both of your days.

Cathy said...

Oh, Kellan, I loved this.

HRH said...

I love that she wouldn't give up until you responded...I wish they didn't loose that opinion enthusiasm as they age.

Lisa said...

It was nice that you were listening! :o)

jennifer h said...

Says a lot about you that you noticed and responded. Very sweet.

joan said...

Oh that is so cute. I think real little kids have a six sense with people they knew like them. Cute story.

hippyhappyhay said...

Thank you so much for this beautiful post, it's my Post of the Week! . Great blog, I shall be back :)

Natalie said...

What a sweet moment! :) That made me smile.

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