There is no better feeling in the world than to come home from work and have your child greet you at the door. Our son is generally a happy child so I am usually met with a smile and maybe a hug before he runs off to go back to whatever toy he dropped when he heard our dog bark that someone was at the front door. It always makes me feel good to see that smile, even if it is for a fleeting moment just before he runs another lap around the house leaving a path of destruction.
But I have to admit that I had never seen anything like when I got home yesterday. There was nothing different about my work day that made it any different. I did not come home any later. I was not out of town on business. It was just a normal day at the office. I pulled into the driveway and headed into the house as I usually do.
When I got inside to see our son, he was literally jumping with joy to see me. Screaming my name (that is not unusual as he has been doing that for quite some time) and jumping. He was so excited. It made me so happy and made me feel so good. Once he stopped jumping and smiling and giggling, he ran over and put his arms up as he usually does for me to pick him up. He did not stop smiling though. Not one bit.
I have to admit that coming home to a greeting like that makes it all worth it. It makes you forget about all the stress of everyday life. You realize how important you are to your child and how good you make them feel. If he greeted me that same way today, I would not complain...