Tonight I was sitting on the patio and heard Michelle correcting Amber for doing something...Amber got so sad...started crying and ran into the room...curled up, tightly hugging Milo (her favourite teddy), I found her sobbing on the top bed of the double bunker.
I whispered in her ear, a little silly daddy/daughter joke...the tears stopped. I then tickled her a little in her neck...she tried holding it back but out came that familiar signature "Amber giggle". I made Milo walk around and tell her something that finally made that silly Amber smile dawn on her face.
She was over the sadness and now back to being bubbly and crazy and...well...being Amber.
Before I left the room I hugged her and kissed her neck...she cringed away, giggling, cause she's so ticklish there... I looked her in the eye, asked her if she was now ok...she nodded, eyes still brimming and moist with tears shed, and again that silly smile emerged.
Then I turned to leave the room...but her little hand grabbed my shoulder...and what happened was something that may seem so insignificant...so nothing...so stupid...so immaterial;
Turned and leaned my chest against the upper bed's rail... Amber cupped my face with her tiny hands...brought her face right up close to mine...and she said in the most mature and sincere manner and tone, "Daddy, I like it so much when you make me happy and smile when I am sad"...then gave me a pouted...smuggy and lippy...kiss...and then grabbed my head and hugged it so tightly...and when done she just immediately focused all her attention back onto Milo the bear.
Maybe I sound pathetic... but it was a moment that as her daddy...I will never ever forget...ever!
I love you Amber...and...if you only knew how much I like it when you make me happy and smile when daddy is sad ;-)
...stuff that truly matters!