Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Cute Factor

James thinks I 'go easy' on the girls sometimes because I get 'smooed' (James' very own made up describing word for getting all gooey over their cuteness) by them.  

I stodgily protest this assessment, but I have to say, sometimes it's hard to overlook how perfect and gorgeous little children are, even when they're doing something awful or making a huge mess they know better than to make.  Sometimes I walk in and am very ready to bust out my very stern Mum persona, only to have them turn around and flash me the kind of smile that makes me stumble again over the fact that they are mine, and realise once more how incredibly blessed I am to have these two perfect, bright little lights in my life!!  (At this point I still bust out 'stern Mum' - she's just maybe slightly less stern... and quickly melts into 'cuddles Mum').

I believe the cute factor is a worldwide phenomenon, something that gets tots from all backgrounds, out of of trouble and into our arms in record timing.  And I think the more you know a little one, the better you love them, and we all know our children so well, through and through, that we understand each expression and movement and smile, which just makes us melt even more when their smile says, 'I love you!'.

The cuteness factor also makes faults completely invisible to people like Aunts and Grandparents.  For example, my niece Jacey is the walking definition of 'sweet', and I'm pretty sure the cuteness factor doesn't even need to apply to her, because she wouldn't be capable of doing anything mischievousness.   On the flip side, I have a hard time convincing my sisters or Mum that I've had a bad day, EVER, because they don't think my girls are capable of anything of the sort either!

Most of all, I think the cuteness factor has been working overtime on James for the past few years, and as much as he stodgily assures me their sweetness hasn't the slightest effect on him, the more he comes home from shopping trips toting pink ballerina dolls and hair accessories, the less I believe him.

Look at my poor Dad - 7 children and 7 grandchildren later, and we've got him 'wrapped' ;)

I think it makes the world a better place :)


  1. Hahaha, I love this!! It's so true. Hallie's not really at too much of a 'naughty' age just yet but I can see little times where she's testing boundaries just a bit. Or else testing her own abilities. But when she does something so totally adorable, I feel myself just melt!
    And Abby, I still don't believe her girls could ever give you a tough time :P lol.
    James will be broken down.
    I love how wrapped around his children/grandchildren's fingers our own lovable Daddy is :D xoxo

  2. How could anyone not be smitten by Ana in that first photo! I'm not blind to my grandchildren's faults. At least, I wouldn't be if they had any :)

  3. Um, pretty sure I'm the one who wrapped dad up. and in the record time of 23 seconds of life on earth.

    I love this post - all of these munro/easthope/woolf children are SOOOO cute!! :)

    xo Tammy

    1. There is no way it took you that long Tammy! :)

  4. Haha James! That said, I do believe it is starting to have its effect on Dave too; he was up at 5am this morning and taking Indi for a 'birthday walk' at 6am before I was even out of bed ;)