Talitha was outside with her sister, Elisa, when she saw some young children walk by. She wanted so much to go wherever those children were headed, especially when another of her sisters, Afton, left to join the group of youngsters.
Tali called out to them with her best little "hi!" (I think she tried to say "hi" to every last one of them in the group.)
But alas, it wasn't going to happen. At least not today.
The children in our neighborhood have been so good and kind to Talitha and all our family. Everyone knows to keep their distance to help cut down on the chance of Tali picking up some kind of bug while her immune system is so compromised. But even from a distance, the smiles are wide and warm.
At church I hear the children pray for Talitha and many of them still wear their light-blue wrist bands inscribed with Tali's name and reminder.
Children are so pure and innocent. They are naturally kind and loving.
No wonder Jesus said, "Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God." (Mark 10:14)
I'm grateful there are little children in our neighborhood for Tali to look up to and want to join in with.
If she grows up as fast as our other children, we better not blink.