I looked around the function room where we hosted the rehearsal dinner for our son's wedding a few weeks ago. The bridal party seemed to be enjoying each others' company and laughter and conversational chatter filled the room. It was then that I noticed the flower girl staring out the large window which overlooked the harbor below. She seemed deep in thought. Not wanting to interrupt her, I just stood quietly next to her for a few moments.
After a bit she looked up at me and gave me a heartwarming smile. She is seven years old and her two front 'adult' teeth were just starting to grow in. Freckles were lightly sprinkled across her cheeks and the bridge of her nose. I asked Flowergirl if she was watching the big ships in the harbor.
"Well then, I bet you are looking at the lights of the city as they twinkle in the night."
"Nope, I am watching the seagulls. Did you know that seagulls are my favorite bird?"
"I did not know that. How come you like seagulls so much?"
" Because I can talk seagull talk."
"Can they understand you?"
"Can you understand them?"
We then stood together quietly watching the seagulls as they swooped around looking for food.
"Do you want to hear me talk seagull?"
"Well, we have to go outside because seagull talk is loud."
So we headed outside. Flowergirl stood in the parking lot, lifted her head back just a bit and let out the perfect seagull call. Loudly. She smiled at me with those two front adult teeth showing.
I smiled back and I prayed that the cynicism and disenchantment of adulthood do not accompany those two adult teeth. I hope that Flowergirl can always be comfortable and confident talking to the seagulls. Loudly.
And now, please excuse me, I have to go work on perfecting my seagull call.