I came home late from an office event last night. It was past midnight when I reached home and both my kids were already fast asleep, including my eldest daughter who almost always insists on staying up until I'm back home.
Before going to bed, I kissed both my kids goodnight. Although I knew my daughter was already deep in dreamland, I decided to whisper 'Happy Birthday Nadyne' in her ears anyway and didn't expect any replies. To my surprise, she whispered back, 'thank you' and drifted back to deep sleep. When I asked her in the morning if she remembered what I said last night, she said she didn't remember anything at all.
I know perfectly well that I'm not the supermom like some mothers out there but to hear my just-turned-5 year old girl reply my wish with a 'thank you' made me think I must've have done something right after all. Call me a boast or tell me I'm exaggerating but it's not always that you get that kind of response from young kids and I admit that sometimes my generation as parents tend to forget to educate our kids on basic courtesy such as saying 'Thank you'. So to get a subconscious reply from her as if it's part of her reflex to say 'thank you' to anything made me beam with pride and joy. Needless to say that I fell asleep smiling.
I know it's not much and there are, of course, other kids who are much better than mine but Nadyne, please know that Mommy and Dadda are very proud of you and the maturity you've shown us at such a young age assures us that we are far from being bad parents! We pray that you will grow up to be a pleasant and responsible person and will be able to help us guide your younger brother too (and any other younger siblings should Allah grant us more in the future, hehe...)!
Happy 5th birthday, Nadyne! Mommy loves you and you'll always be our little princess! :)