Tom Has Taught Me.

Before having a child of my own, I heard rumblings that some parents felt they learned more from their children than they taught them.

I am one of those some.

I feel like I’ve taught Tom words. I’ve taught Tom to look at the stars. To identify an airplane in the sky.  He knows what babies are.  He knows horses make a trotting noise.  He knows exactly what “be careful” means.

He knows a kiss.  A hug.  He knows when I say “I love you” it’s nice.

He knows how to get a treat for Huck.  He knows not to bother Huck while he’s eating.  He knows that Huck’s water is off limits.

He knows what it means when I say the words nap, or book, or diaper, or bath.

He knows when I say “I’m gonna get you” that he better crawl fast because he’s about to get raspberried.

I taught him those things.  And a few others.

(Well, not just me.  Geez, conceited.)

But I already feel in his one year of life that he has taught me more significant things.

He has taught me selflessness.

He has taught me patience.

He has taught me to be stronger.

He has taught me how to be a fighter.

He has made me have a greater compassion for others.

He has solidified for me that family and close friends are the most important thing.

He has taught me that baby laughter is like a drug for me.

He has taught me some major time management skills.

He has taught me how to love someone like I’ve never loved before.

Courtesy: Greg Hogan Photography

The lessons I’ve learned this year are invaluable.

I mean, I know Tom is happy I’ve taught him what a truck is.

But I’m happy he taught me a kind of happiness that I’d ever experienced before.

Tom has taught me so much more.

So for the 7,125,679th time (this week) I say…

I love you, Tom.

(He knows it’s nice.)

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5 Responses to Tom Has Taught Me.

  1. Greg says:

    Year two will bring world of new learning skill sets for you and him. It has been a joy to watch this little guy grow via your posts. 🙂

  2. waymel says:

    Hey! Quit writing posts that make me cry! (I mean, that was beautiful.)

  3. Karen C says:

    Beautiful words Kate!
    Say it all you want! You have a precious boy!!!

    Being a mommy ROCKS doesn’t it? :)))

  4. Robyn says:

    awww sweet.

    and I’m glad you taught him that a horse makes a trotting noise!

  5. Rebecca says:

    I love this. My kids have taught me and continue to teach me all of the time.

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