Your Tiny Grip
My dear little Getty,
I gaze into your eyes and I see wisdom there. A smile washes across your rosy bright face, you give a soft hoot, and you let me know that, despite all my hardships, my other failings, my stumblings, and burdens, I am doing right by you. I slip my finger into your little hand, and you comfort me with the slightest motion: your tiny grip. Your fingers draw softly and close against mine like the petals of the most beautiful flower on a still and silent evening. The warmth of your gentle touch radiates like the sun piercing an autumn chill.
While, by this time, we had hoped and dreamed you would roll and sit and play and eat, we must accept that nature has robbed you of your strength. You cannot explore your universe, so I gladly and willingly expend every effort that you cannot, and I exhaust all the strength I can muster to deliver the universe to you. I am aware that your grasp on my hand is as fragile as your grasp on this life, but just keep hanging on to me for as long as you like because my work has only just begun.
Many will never know or appreciate the full value of such a simple gesture; and I may very well have been one of them had you not been you. Today I know better than to overlook it. I know the effort you expend to extend your tiny grip, and I will never take that for granted. Your meek clasp gives me strength I never knew I possessed and, from what I can tell, our chugging through on your behalf has helped inspire many others to discover untapped strength and generosity of their own.
The labor of your tiny grip tells me you intend to convey meaning exceeding your abilities to communicate. Through your tiny grip, you tell me I have helped make you happy. Through your tiny grip, you tell me you are warm, fed, and comfortable. Through your tiny grip, you tell me I have performed well today as your father. Through your tiny grip, you tell me you are proud of me. Through your tiny grip, you confide in me your trust. Through your tiny grip, you tell me you would hug me, if you could. Through your tiny grip, you tell me, “Thank you. I love you, Daddy.”
As I return the caress of your delicate hand, I know you understand me, “My pleasure, little owl. Daddy loves you, too.”
So touching…Happy Father’s Day to Getty’s daddy!
Beautiful. Happy Father’s Day to you!
What a beautiful and inspiring message. Getty is lucky to have you and her mother as parents. Happy Father’s Day!
Breath taking…Happy Fathers Day <3
mark that is gorgeous. happy fathers day xx
Mark, we are proud that you are our son. Happy father’s day. Evelyn & Evin Stump
so heartfelt & touching, Happy Father’s Day!
So Beautiful. Happy Father’s Day.
Lovely writing Mark!!! Happy Father’s Day
Absolutely beautiful! You have written what i only wish i could put into words about Addy…one of my favorite things to do is let her hold my finger!
Beautiful! Happy Father’s Day!
Thank you for the nice comments! I agree, Jennifer, the tiny grip of an SMA child is magic!
awesome post and the picture is beautiful! She is growing up so fast, truely gorgeous little owl for sure!
Very Nice. I hope you had an amazing Father’s Day as you well deserve it. You guys are doing an incredible job caring for that little Owl.
Really wonderful. Hope you had a happy Father’s Day!
Beautiful, but heart-rending. Thank you, always, for sharing.
Wow! And we readers are lucky to have you be able to describe this feeling to us. As your family grows in feeling and understanding, so do we all. Wonderful. Daddy is lucky in Getty and Getty is also very lucky in her parents.
Nice post. Happy father’s day
hello, Princess Getty — We remember when your dad read Johnathan Livingston Seagull as a school assignment. Then there in Monterry you came eyeball to eyeball with a living seagull. Great memorable picture. Grandma Nola said you, Daddy & Mommy looked really rested on your return from that gorgeous Central Coast area. You are now 15 months young — be assured that our candle is glowing for you. Hugs and kisses to you and Mommy and Daddy, Nola & Gary.
Grandma & Grandpa Evelyn & Evin in Temecula
I have never been more touched…what an amazing testimony and expression of love. You are a strong and beautiful family. God love and bless you always<3
The Brantsma Family <3