For several weeks my car has been backed into the driveway, ready to burn some rubber…

(I’m not kidding on that one…just ask my husband) upon receiving the call—the call announcing the approaching birth of my first grand child—a baby girl.

For months I have been dreaming of tea parties and tutus and all things pink as I look forward to being a grandma to this little girl.  My bags were packed and my car loaded with gifts from friends to welcome this new life.  The call finally came and in the dark hours of the morning on the 4th of July we hurried to the hospital… to wait…and wait for little Eleanor to make her appearance.  Waiting is always made easier surrounded by friends and we laughed, ate pizza and toasted the day with our skinny, non-fat, grande mocha frappachinos with no whip.

As signs approached that our little “Firecracker” was about to enter this world we pressed our ears to the door waiting for the first cry.  We could hear the muffled voices of the doctor and nurses, some laughter, shuffling feet… and then we heard it….little Eleanor’s first cry.

The feeling of joy was like a wave rolling over me.  Shortly thereafter we were invited into the room to see this little miracle.  We counted her fingers and toes, kissed her cheeks and exclaimed over her beauty.  The one we have been looking for had finally arrived.

“Every baby comes into the world looking for someone looking for him.”  Dr. Curt Thompson

Journalists and people all over the world have been anxiously looking for the royal baby to arrive.  This child is welcomed with great fanfare, royal traditions and enormous curiosity.  Literally, the world is looking for this baby!

The birthright of every child is to know that someone is looking for him…not only at birth but throughout their childhood.

How do we “look” for our children?

Have you ever wondered why toddlers get such joy out of simple games like “peek-a-boo,” and “chase?”  Why older children play “hide-and-go-seek?”  It’s the assurance of knowing that someone is looking for them.

We “look” for our children when we notice the positive things that they do and comment on them. “I noticed that you emptied the dishwasher without being asked.  Thanks for your help.”

We “look” for our children when put down the phone and greet them at the end of the school day.  “Hey, buddy.  How was your day?  I missed you.” We “look” for our teenagers when we give them a good morning hug or hello instead of standing at the bottom of the stairs screaming, “When are you going to get your lazy self out of bed???”

When we look for our children we communicate the message that, “you matter to me.”

Look for your children today.