|Me, and the love of my life.|
Annika’s been sick for a couple of days, and wanted mama by her side at night so at night, I have been lying in bed and thinking, instead of writing.
For the month of Februrary in the Happiness Project the topic is “Remember Love.” In the book, Gretchen Rubin concentrates on her husband for the month, doing things like, avoiding nagging, not expecting his approval, and trying to do things to remind him that she loves him.
Since I don’t have a husband, I’m going to concentrate on a few relationships in my life, one of them being Annika. One of my goals for the month is to: Give Proofs of Love.
As I began writing out my ideas for this project in late December, I realized that one of my Personal Commandments is: “Love is not a feeling. It is an action.” It’s something I truly believe. There’s no point in feeling love for people if you don’t show it. But it’s not always easy. For me, it is distinctly hard to outwardly show my love. I’m not an affectionate person. I am grouchy a lot. I have a short temper.
I try really hard with Annika. I am more affectionate with her than I am with anyone else. But it’s hard not to be grouchy at a 2-year-old at least some of the time. So I think that showing love is a good way to balance that out. Well, that and trying not to be grouchy.
I’ve got a list started of things that I can do daily to show Annika that I love her. But I am realizing two days into this month that it’s not enough. So, I’d like some ideas.
I’m going to take submissions on what you do to show your child or children that you love them. Anyone can submit a short post anywhere from 200-700 words. They can be from anyone, you don’t have to be a blogger. Or you can be a blogger and I’ll link to your site or anything else you want me to link to.
So, here’s the deal. Send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief essay on an action or actions that you do to show your kids that you love them. Write a short, one or two sentence bio, and if you want, send along a picture. If you have a website or blog, make sure you send me the URL. I’ll take submissions for one week. Then I’ll post as many as I can throughout the month of February. If you don’t have kids and you want to send something about your own childhood, that’s cool too.