It’s Not All Mary Poppins


Zach’s natural state is happy. He leans into life with a smile – and with one of his ever-present airplanes clutched tight in one dimpled fist. He seems always to be on the verge of a bubble of laughter. He’s just that kind of kid.

However, he is only human, and he is only just two. Today he arrived wailing. Even through the closed front door I could hear it, and I recognized his, er, voice. Some mornings are like that! Respecting his distress, mom and I keep the transition very brief. In less than two minutes mom is driving off and I am holding the boy, who is holding his precious airplane.

We snuggle on the couch for a bit as he calms. Arthur, though not generally well attuned to emotional subtleties, has in fact noticed Zach’s distress. He leans close and hands Zach a truck. (Not just any truck, either; this is the truck he sought out the minute he arrived, and has been clutching ever since. What a kind little fellow!)

Zach reaches out to receive the truck, and gazes solemnly at Arthur. Arthur smiles encouragingly back. They hold his pose for a beat, and then Zach, with the teardrops still glistening on his cheek, breaks into a beaming smile. And offers Arthur his airplane.

July 28, 2005 - Posted by | Arthur, Developmental stuff, individuality, manners, socializing, the cuteness!, Zach


  1. Definite AW! Think they’ll be friends for life?

    Comment by ieatcrayonz | July 28, 2005 | Reply

  2. Mary P! You’ve made me all weepy!

    Comment by Susan | July 28, 2005 | Reply

  3. Crayonz: well, there’s an affinity there, for sure. Will it survive into kindergarten? Who knows?

    Susan: I’m touched that you’re touched. It was a lump-in-the-throat moment, for sure.

    Comment by Mary P. | July 28, 2005 | Reply

  4. I love those kids. What a great story.

    Comment by Haley | July 28, 2005 | Reply

  5. “Awwwwww” is right!

    Comment by Sharkey | July 28, 2005 | Reply

  6. How touching! Isn’t it amazing how moving it is to see something like that. It can sometimes be fleeting, but moving nonetheless.

    Comment by Misfit Hausfrau | July 28, 2005 | Reply

  7. Haley: I love ’em, too! Harry, kind of in spite of himself sometimes, the little doofus, and Zach? Well, every so often I get a kid in care I’d happily adopt. Zach is one of those.

    Sharkey: 🙂

    Hausfrau: Fleeting, yes, but as you say, moving. And meaningful. And encouraging. So when Harry is driving me mental, as happens once a day or so, I can remember this incident and know that under it all, he’s well meaning and kind. A nice little guy. If exasperating… 🙂

    Comment by Mary P. | July 28, 2005 | Reply

  8. That is SO sweet.

    Little moments like that make it all worth it.

    Comment by misfit | July 28, 2005 | Reply

  9. They do indeed. Also the fact that as of about an hour from now, I am off for AN ENTIRE MONTH!!!

    Comment by Mary P. | July 29, 2005 | Reply

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