Lovin’ Amy

Journi received a pink teddy bear among her shower gifts before she was born.  Thru the course of the past year, the bear became a favorite along with a stuffed ape that was named April and it seemed only fitting to name the bear Amy.  Amy has gone everywhere with Journi, on trips and to the sitter, outside to play and down for naptime.  She has been washed countless times and is close to being potty trained these days.  As Journi has entered an age when she is pretending, Amy is her companion.  She practices dressing Amy, reading to Amy and giving Amy snacks.

Today when I came home, Journi was toting our momma kitty around, much to the irritation of the cat who finally wrestled her way free.  Journi thought this was hilarious and went looking for the cat again.  After some time, she came back with Amy in her arms.  She told me in her toddler voice that “Amy not momma kitty…Amy is just Amy.” At this she wrapped her arms around Amy, buried her nose in Amy’s neck with a sigh and rocked her back and forth.

“amy is just amy”… i would do well to remember this, that when i am feeling less than, because i think i am not open enough, or too emotional, not creative enough or too fat, not tech savvy enough or too messy of a housekeeper… that Pat is just Pat, and it is enough…

that there is unconditional love in the world, and you are enough…you are you, and that’s enough.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tasha McKenzie
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 21:38:46

    What a great story! I miss that lil girl’s hunger for life! Amy is someone she can depend on. Amy is always Amy. You are just you, someone I can always depend on to be there for me. The perfect mom for me.


  2. Kellye Crocker (@kelcrocker)
    Aug 30, 2011 @ 05:45:02

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful story, Pat! By the way, have you guys discovered Knuffle Bunny by the fabulous kids’ author/illustrator Mo Williems? I think you’d all love it–you, Journi, Amy….and anything else by Mo Williems.


  3. Rocky L
    Aug 30, 2011 @ 10:03:12

    What a sweet story! I can just see that little angel’s face thru your whole story. The absolute of innocence! Jerry and I still talk about her and laugh over her expression when se turned her head and looked at me with “Rocky”. She is just too lovable!


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