love between mothers and children

I Witnessed Love At The Hairdressers

It was a love so subtle, perfect, and real; of course I had to share.


I witnessed love at the hairdressers. It sounds weird, I know, but honestly, this moment was just too beautiful and miraculous not to share.

Normally, I'm not the biggest fan of getting my hair cut or dyed. For me, it's kind of a sensory overload. I hate the way hair tickles my face, I hate the smell of the hair dye, and I hate having to sit in the chair for over an hour, looking in only one direction for 95% of the time (I do LOVE getting my hair washed though, it feels AMAZING).

But yesterday while I was confined to looking in that one sole direction, I was looking at a mother with her 1-year-old son. In the beginning, he was just chilling in his cute little carrier, or whatever they're called (forgive me, I don't have any experience with baby terminology). Then, he just raised his hands up towards his mom. No crying whatsoever, just lifted his hands up and cooed. It was so cute that I think part of my soul died and went to heaven right then and there. As she picked him up, her smile just gleamed joy, and she cradled him in her arms.

Now, I wasn't expecting to see anything beyond killer cuteness, but then as she cradled him in her arms, the boy was angled towards me.

I didn't just see soul-crushing cuteness, but I witnessed the purest and beautiful love I have ever seen. This boy's eyes absolutely glistened when he looked at his mother, and right when he looked into her eyes, a smile ever so subtle grew on his face. I still can't get over the way his eyes looked, guys. They were absolutely filled with love. It's much harder to describe than I thought it would be, but you could just tell that this child was infatuated by his mother. I think the best way to put it is that the love I saw was agape love, or selfless and unconditional love. And the best part is, I saw all of this in the span of two minutes.

This child didn't have to be taught what love is, he just did it and just instinctually knows what it is. We all tend to overthink what love is, in my opinion, but this made me realize that we know what love is when we see it or we feel it or hear it. We naturally sense love; overthinking it is what kills us.

Love just is. Humans find this hard to accept though, at least in my experience, because we all want there to be one sole materialistic answer. Problematically, there isn't ever going to be one materialistic answer, but there always will be many materialistic ways that love manifests itself in our world. Once people realize this, I think they begin to find themselves witnessing love in the most unexpected places. It's purely beautiful.

Cover Image Credit:

Popular Right Now

I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

Cover Image Credit:

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

A Letter To The Moms In My Life

The urban dictionary provides plenty of definitions for what a mother is.


The urban dictionary provides plenty of definitions for what a mother is like: "the best person on earth because she raised you to be who you are and probably loves you no matter what" or "the most amazing, strong, loving, and heroic woman you will ever know."

To my mother, I want to thank you for raising me to be independent, self-sufficient and driven.

Because of you, I am so much stronger than I ever imagined.

To my boyfriend's mother, I want to thank you for being the mother to the man I love.

Because of you, I have a kind, generous man to take care of me and cherish me. I have a second motherly figure in addition to my own to rely on.

To my grandma, I want to thank you for being a rock for me, and our whole family.

Because of you, our family is seemingly capable of anything. You are so loving and supportive and it has a lasting effect on everyone you meet.

I never knew how blessed I was to have the women in my life until I moved away to college and now that I know, I can't repay them enough. There's no way I would be who I am today without the influence of the incredible women in my life.

Related Content

Facebook Comments