How to Honor Love? Ask a 4yr old.

Although most little kids couldn’t define honor, they know how to honor the people they love. And we grownups should take notes. 

How to honor love like a 4yr old: 

1) Give Gifts…all day, everyday 

Soleil, like most kids, is an obsessive gift giver. A present could be a mangled pine cone, a shoebox filled with random household detritus, or a detailed drawing she spent an hour furiously crafting. No matter what she gives, though, the intention is the same: to say she thinks you’re something special, and she loves you. 

2) Time and Affection

This generosity of spirit comes easy to kids. If you’re lucky enough to be loved by one, you’ll receive nearly all of their attention, and parts of their last meal stuck in your hair. 

It’s a sticky slobbery kind of devotion. 

3) Declarations and Rituals

We gather and give words to honor birthdays, graduations, weddings, anniversaries, and, finally, the dead. And, it seems, we’re born understanding the importance of affirming our most cherished truths with declarations and ritual. 

As many of you know, we met Ari in Mendoza, Argentina when Soleil was only 9mo old. They fell fast in love, have followed each other all over the world, and now Soleil asked her to become an important member of her tribe.

This short video is about an extraordinary love and how Soleil chose to honor it.

Trigger warning: extreme cuteness, grab a tissue.

In a normal Catholic family, of which we are neither, parents choose godparents for their child often before the child is born. And, usually, the person is either already an Aunt or Uncle, or a best friend of the mother or father. Sometimes godparents take their role to heart and show up as second parents in the child’s life, but more often than not the title is fleeting, a mere religious formality put on the mantle and forgotten about like a Christmas card. 

Such is not the case for Soleil and Ari. Their devotion is real (read: sticky and slobbery). They chose each other, and through the years have honored their connection with gifts, time, affection, and, now, with this beautiful declaration of the roles they’ve taken in each other’s life — madrina y ahijada. 

Hooray for love! Hooray for Soleil and Ari! 

 

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Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    This is delightful! Congrats! 馃檪

  2. I just had my first cup of coffee and I’m crying. This is beautiful! Congratulations to all of you.

  3. Oh my! Thank you for bringing tears of happiness this morning.

    • I’m happy to share some love and joy, esp since there seems to be a dearth of good news these days. We need all the love stories and cat videos FB has to offer! 馃檪

  4. Sniff. Got something in my eye.

  5. Priceless.

  6. Oh that was the sweetest! 鉂も潳

  7. Oh wow! Tears of joy and love for you and the amazing, beautiful family you are creating! Love you all鉂わ笍

  8. Correctamundo… tears!!!

  9. Ay mi amoooor!! Mis ojos brillan cada vez que lo veo! Thanks a lot for keep that beatiful connection between us. Im so Proud to be godmother of this amazing girl, is Our election, realest!

  10. Beautiful <3 People. Treasure this moment. You are a tribute to the best humanity has to offer. Be so proud. <3

  11. Ok I did cry and have decided you are the best parents in the world. Congratulations Sol and Ari!

  12. Congratulations Soleil and Ariana!!! Jehovah Jireh!! “The Lord Who Provides”!! Stevie, you are a wonderful, sensitive, insightful Mother!!!

  13. Such a wonderful little movie, of a force of woman, and the love of a godmother and godchild. Stevie you and Tree, are guiding your daughter, and she is learning so many good things about familiy, and the tradition of extended family.

  14. This is beautiful!

  15. Entonces ya tienes a tu COMADRE !!! Yeeeei !!!! Un v铆nculo para toda la vida !!!

  16. lovely.

  17. I love this so much!! It’s a great love story.

  18. So many tears!!

  19. This video is a great find, if I ever lose my eye drops I can just press play !! 馃檪

  20. Love.

  21. SO sweet! Made me cry. Love is such a wonderful thing!! 鉂わ笍

  22. awww how beautiful!

  23. What a beautiful, magical life of love you are giving Soleil. Congratulations, Madrina y Ahijada!

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