In the dark of the night I went back and forth from the bed to the back door. I lay at the edge of the bed with one hand on her for comfort. It was not either of our ideal way to spend the night but she communicated her need even without words and I listened.
This morning I turned on the light and looked at my sweet dog. Her mouth is swollen and her eyes convey her misery. She snuggles in close to me as I write my blog, still popping up when the baby strays too far or gets too close.
In much the same way my daughter communicates to me that she is also tired from a rough night. From her mannerisms this morning I guess teething is the culprit though she still has no teeth to show for the many times I've thought this. She buries her head in my robe and snuggles. As any tot that has just learned to walk, she can't sit still long but makes a lap and comes back again, communicating her needs.
I'm grateful to be able to understand even when my babies have no words. I'm grateful for their communication to let me know something is up. I'm grateful for snuggles with my babies. I'm grateful to know that while I cannot fix either of these problems I can provide comfort and love. I'm grateful that seems to be enough for now.
What communication without words do you experience? From body language to gestures to subtle changes in mannerisms people and pets are always communicating. How can we give them a moment and listen?
May today remind us that even without words, needs can be expressed and met. May we find it in our hearts to pay attention and give love. Have a beautiful day!