In case you haven't been paying attention, Saturday is Sweetest Day.
Although many consider this a "Hallmark holiday", think it's a fitting celebration for Heartwarming as we are often referred to as "sweet" romance. I am a big fan of anything sweet (in case it wasn't obvious by my apple cake recipe post). But desserts aren't my only object of sweet affection.
Here's my top five list of the sweetest things in no particular order:
1. Long-lasting love
I think there are few things sweeter than a couple who has been together for more years than they can count, yet still show affection. I watched an older gentleman open the car door for his wife, take her hand and walk with her into a restaurant. They shared a meal together, sharing stories and smiles. When they finished, he offered her his arm and she gave him a sweet peck on the cheek. I want to be like that when I grow up ;)
2. Dads and daughters
Dads and really any of their children make me melt. But my nephew and his wife recently welcomed their baby girl into the world and the pictures of Matt and his little Stella make me want to cry. The look of complete adoration on his face is priceless. There's just something about a big, tough guy being turned into mush when you put a baby in his arms!
3. Puppies and kittens
It doesn't matter what species, a baby anything makes me smile. Recently, a friend and I were discussing the difference between cats and dogs (she is a cat-lover and I am a dog-lover) and we both agreed that it doesn't matter what kind of person you are, you can't deny the absolute sweetness of a puppy or a kitten. This led to us exchanging texts with pictures of kittens and puppies to prove our point.
4. Small gestures
Sure every girl dreams about a guy who comes in and sweeps her off her feet with some big romantic gesture, but I love the little things. Sometimes it's just that text that says, "ILY" from my husband that makes my whole day. Or it's when he empties the dishwasher without me even asking (unbelievable, right?) I think it's sweet when my husband invites me to snuggle with him on the couch to watch our favorite TV show. The little things can add up to quite a lot!
5. Protective big brothers
This might just be me, but I have always wanted a big brother. I have two younger brothers and I end up mothering them more than anything. My daughter lucked out and got an older and a younger brother. She may disagree with calling it lucky, but that's another post. For all the teasing her older brother does, he does not tolerate other people teasing his sister. One boy in particular made my daughter feel very bad one day. The next day at school, her six-foot, two years older brother let this boy know he had heard the things that were being said about his sister and he didn't think it was too cool (I swear there was no touching or threats against anyone's life made). Needless to say, my daughter came home the next day quite surprised that the boy who had called her horrible names a couple days earlier was more polite than he had ever been! What I wouldn't have done to have a brother like that growing up!
There you have it. Those are the five things I think are pretty sweet. What about you? What's your sweetest thing?