“What’s your name?”

“Hadley.”

“Oh! I like your name.”

“Thanks. No one has ever really liked my name before. Everyone makes fun of my last name.”

“They do? I’d never make fun your name.”

“Thanks. You wanna play?”

“Yeah!”

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I told you on the way home how proud I was of you. I’m writing it here because I don’t ever want to forget.

But the truth is there’s no words for how I felt as I watched you and your new friend Hadley at the library. You didn’t know I was listening, so I know you weren’t saying it to appease me.

You said it because that’s who you are.

Amazing.

Comments

  1. LOVE THAT! It’s amazing how the innocence and purity of our children can turn out to be such a gift, to others and to us.

  2. Adorable! What a sweet girl!

  3. Addie sounds like she will be a true blue friend to some really lucky girls in the future. She’s a lot like her mom like that.

  4. Things like this is why I adore teaching! There are some really wonderful kids out there! Congratulations on having one amazing little girl!

  5. Not saying it to appease you but I can’t yell loudly enough to even be subtly not-quite-out-of-earshot…she’s yours. Wow is she ever.

  6. just when i think it’s impossible for that girl to get any more precious, she pulls out something like this. *swoon*

  7. Love this!

  8. love.

  9. Those moments make it ALL worth it. :)

  10. if my baby Hadley gets made fun of and can’t find friends, I’m sending her to Addie for positive reinforcement.

    Mary Reply:

    @Em, ditto for my 2 yr old Hadley. Moosh sounds like she will be an awesome friend.

  11. I love those moments. THOSE are the moments when I can put aside thoughts of tantrums and thoughts of “am I doing this parenting thing right?” and know that my kids are gonna be okay, that they already are.

    Well done, mom.

  12. Long time stalker first time commenter – Addie has got to be one of the most adorable kids on the planet. You have done good Momma :)

  13. (sniff)

    love that kiddo. She’s a great representation of you!

  14. Proof that you are an amazing mom! Love it.

  15. That is too precious for words.

  16. It’s those moments when you think hey i am doing this right. :)

  17. Proud moments indeed, my friend. :)

  18. maybe its because its that time of the month, but that brought tears!! your doing an amazing job raising the moosh!

  19. mommabird2345 says:

    She is so sweet. By that conversation, shows she is loved so she loves in return. :)

  20. LOVE THIS. Those unexpectedly overheard moments are so precious. -Christine

  21. Love love love. We need SO many more good people in this world. You are one of them, and you are such a great example to your daughter too. She is already adding so much good to this world, and her amazing personality here proves that.

  22. You have every right to be proud of her, what a really great moment.

  23. She’s a special kid. You have every right to be proud.

  24. She is truly one of a kind. You’ve done such a good job raising her! Be proud.

  25. That makes me just a little less scared to have kids someday…

  26. I love these moments when you feel like you are doing a good job as a parent! What a wonderful little girl!!

  27. Sunshine says:

    Beautiful.

  28. My heart literally moved in my chest at this post.

    Although it’s not surprising considering who her mama is…

  29. Proof that there is still innocence and beauty in childhood. I’ve been reading too many negative news stories lately. Give your kid a hug for me, and give yourself a pat on the back for doing such a great job raising her.

  30. how sweet. :)

    btw the picture of you up top is STUNNING!!!