A few weeks ago, my sweet October 07 mommies were discussing where their children showed the most emotion: eyes, mouth, eyebrows, etc. I thought and thought about it, and I couldn't figure out where it was with Dakin.
Lately Dakin has been trying his darndest to make mad faces at people. And every time he does all I can do is laugh...it is all anyone can do, because his face is not set up for an expression like that. Some children are made to frown or scowl. I have discovered in the last few days that Dakin is not one of them. His face is joy: his whole visage expresses it. The mad look or mean look on his face is so alien to him that it is literally laughable.
And I am truly glad about that. He is happy. He is inherently, deeply, naturally happy. There are not a lot of people who can claim that...it is a gift and for it I am grateful.
So I figured out that with Dakin, it is his whole face that expresses his emotion. And, strangely, I think I have known this all along: from the time he was tiny his nickname has been 'Face'-short for sweet face, silly face, mad face, whatever face he happened to be making at that moment.