He Doesn’t Know Any Other Way To Exist

I had to go somewhere today.  Where, isn’t really important.

I had to talk to someone today.  Who, isn’t really important.


I met someone along the way.  And he and I went together to talk to someone else.

While continuing along the way, a small child somehow appeared, between me and this man.

I didn’t see him heading towards us.

But suddenly he was between us.

And he had his arm around me before I was completely aware of what was happening.

I looked down into his child face.

And he looked up with pure delight in his face.  Instinctively I put my arm on his shoulders and smiled.  I couldn’t resist.

He smiled up, with his head fully back, and his smile on full charm.  I have a feeling he doesn’t know any other way to exist.  He had his coat on.  With his hood snuggly around his beautiful face.

I said “why, you’re a hugger aren’t you?”

He smiled some more and said hello.


Someone called him over.

He looked there, and back up to smile some more.

He stepped away.

And that quickly, I felt abandoned when he walked away.


It was the high point of my day.

Unsolicited.  Pure.  Radiating.  Joy.

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32 thoughts on “He Doesn’t Know Any Other Way To Exist

  1. tric says:

    An emotional equation called the power of child. Lovely.

  2. russtowne says:

    Thank you for sharing the wonderful moment, Colleen.

  3. ksbeth says:

    and yes, that is everything )

  4. That was quite a moment. Thanks for sharing. ☺

  5. Bernadette says:

    Ah, the joy of affection freely given.

  6. That sweet child lives in a loving home. Wow. Sharing sunshine at such a young age. ❤ ❤ ❤

  7. Ahhh, so very sweet!! The lovely pure innocence of a child!

  8. Jim McKeever says:

    Such moments will get us through …

  9. mewhoami says:

    How sweet. I love the innocence of a child who knows no other way. I pray he keeps that loving heart of his and doesn’t allow it to be tainted by the world.

  10. reocochran says:

    Just the perfect moment in time, Colleen. I sensed the positive energy flowing from the start of this. How it was going to be carried out, I wasn’t sure but there was suspense and anticipation here.
    I could have had happy “chills” (on “American Idol,” Jennifer Lopez says “goosies.”) but instead it was unadulterated Joy! 🙂

  11. What a fabulous thing. Where would the world be without children like that?

  12. Debra says:

    You had an encounter with a little messenger of love, I think! How special and you won’t soon forget this little darling!

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