“I have been waiting and waiting for you!” he exclaimed, huge grin spread across his freckled face.
Some of the best moments in life arise from feeling needed. Especially when you are wanted by a young child. No matter the type of day you are having- for instance, spilling your cup of coffee on the way to work- having a child happy to see you can buoy your spirits. Their sunny smiles are infectious.
The even better news is that you can reciprocate. Studies have shown that an “extra” adult that cares and shows interest in a child can help to insulate a child against hardship. But I wonder if anybody has studied this relationship in reverse; what does the child do for the adult? You can ask anybody: there is certainly something special being given to us in return, something that a gap toothed smile can only begin to hint at.