Almost four years ago now, FRN wrote to me: In my next life, I'm coming back as Melina. Can I get an amen?
Of course, she can get an amen from me. In fact, she can get a resounding AMEN. I love all of my children, but if I had to come back as any one of them, I'd pick her.
Does that sound bad? It might. There's no doubt that I would love to have Aaron's way with numbers and ability to create anything from cardboard. I'd also be willing to experience Talia's melodious voice and aptitude for writing and drawing. And Zoe? Well, she also has a wonderful singing voice and ability to stand her ground, plus she's also a good writer. Each of my children possesses qualities that I can identify and appreciate. And if I get to come back, I could probably do pretty well as each of them. But Melina? Well, she's just another set of Legos all together.
We've talked about this trait of hers before. The moments she stands before the mirror and likes what she sees. The way she is confident in herself and what she knows. The way she stands to be corrected by someone without getting upset. How she loves herself, her family, her life. Happiness is so abundant in Melinaland. Why can't we all capture that same joy, hold onto it, and pass it on in our everyday lives?
So can I get an amen to that?