Conveying Love Nonverbally

Since Cooper was a baby, he has always touched my face. He will do it to get my attention or to show me something that’s important to him. He will do it when he’s excited, when he is sad or happy. It’s his way of communicating. He does it even before vocalizing. He always has. It’s our thing.

This is how he shows me love. He will run up to me, motion for me to bend over, and palm my cheek with his hand. Sometimes, it is just for a second. Sometimes, it is for a minute. I never rush him. I just wait. Today, he was watching the history of The Great American Railway on my lap. He held my face for a minute or so.

I just want to add there is nothing quiet about Cooper. Nothing gentle. Nothing still. Except, when he touches my face. Some days he does it daily. Some days, I wait for him to want to show me love again. I never take it for granted.

If you research what it means to touch someones face, the literal definition is, ‘wanting to convey love nonverbally.’

Well, that’s quite literally the definition of our lives. Conveying love nonverbally.

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