The Look of Love
Thanks to Reader Unlce Bill for this question and observation: “Can you describe the ways Aidan expresses his love and affection for friends and family? As an example, I love the way he pulls a person’s face straight up to his. He’s a joyful child.” Well, these pictures and Bill’s comment say it all. For all the challenges we face (see Elephant in the Room) the look of love makes it all worthwhile. Aidan zones in on each individual and can make them feel like the only person in the universe. When he really likes someone he’ll stop at nothing less than a nose to nose kiss. He also brings his nose right up to the phone for a kiss when Daddy calls. Aidan also communicates through his choices of where he is walking. He will almost always steer towards other kids or Daddy. Aidan can quiet his body and focus on what people are saying when he wants. Often this involves looking away but his still body signals that he’s listening. Aidan will also vocalize when people around him are talking. He really wants to be part of things. While we can’t tell exactly what Aidan understands, he does show his affections clearly.