Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Falling Heart

Cooper and I were engaged in a friendly game of tickle torture. He lay on the ground, exposed and defenseless. I took advantage of his helpless state and tickled him here, there and everywhere. Cooper mocked anger at first, but soon erupted into giggles. Cooper giggles are the best: deep, intense, genuine and contagious.

Amidst giggles, he shouted, "Stop tickling or my heart will fall out."

Now it was my turn to giggle at his words. Silly boy. Doesn't Cooper know it takes a lot for a heart to fall out? Believe me, I've heard lots of reasons for a heart to fall out (and experienced some personally): tragic losses, unwelcome diagnoses, unexpected life circumstances, and on and on. Yet, I've never actually seen a heart fall out. In fact, I think I've seen the heart get stronger through it all. Funny, huh?

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