Hearts breaking, bursting with love

The other night, Xan and I came home to find one of his beloved Lightning McQueen cars chewed by our little Chihuahua/Dachshund mix, Tita.

Needless to say, Xan was heartbroken.

He looked up at me with eyes full of tears, while I tried to explain that sometimes Tita chews our things because she misses us. When I finished my explanation, he took off, yelling for Tita to “Come here!” I went after him, afraid of what he might do to her.

When I entered the room, Xan already had his arms around her, comforting her, telling her, “It’s OK, Tita. It’s alright, girl.”

I was truly humbled by his capacity for empathy and surprised that his concern for her feelings outweighed his grief over the loss of his toy.

He is, after all, only five.

Man, sometimes I’m so proud of him that I feel like my heart will burst.

(But to avoid more heartbreak, ache, and potential bursting, Tita’s getting a slew of new chew toys this Valentine’s Day … and some more time with the both of us too.)

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I wish all of you a Happy Valentine’s Day. May you be open to seeing and experiencing all the love that is in your life, regardless of whether or not it is of the “romantic” variety.

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