The Power of a Child’s Unconditional Love

There’s something about the power of a child’s love.  It is blind, faithful, unyielding, and best of all: unconditional.  Any parent who looks into his/her child’s eyes can see it.  It is overwhelming and absolutely humbling to know that despite your faults and missteps, your child still loves you, and still needs you.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in the case of Ms. Wanda Rodriguez, a nurse at a Bronx hospice who checked in on her new patient recently.  His name was Victor Peralta, and she quickly realized that this was her estranged father, whom she had not seen in 41 years.  She broke into tears when he acknowledged that he had two grown daughters, Gina and Wanda.  I can’t imagine the feelings she experienced at that admission.  Surely she had to have feelings of anger, frustration, wonderment, awe (what are the chances that he would wind up at the hospice where she worked — after 41 years??), and perhaps, pure joy.

Out of the sheer power of love, father and daughter have continued to strengthen their bond by “cherishing every moment they have left together.”

Every parent I’ve ever talked to has experienced similar moments with his/her child.  The case of Ms. Rodriguez and her father is extreme, to be sure, but all parents fail their children in one way or another.  As human beings, we all fall short of any parent’s goal: to provide nothing but the best for our children, and to give them lives that exceed our own in every way.  We mess up, we screw up, we forget promises, we get too busy, we work too hard.  And our children still love us, and jump into our beds in the morning and want to play with us.  I’ll never forget the story of Ms. Rodriguez and her dad.  And now, I’m going to go play with my own daughters.

Broadcast your inner Champion!


3 Responses to "The Power of a Child’s Unconditional Love"

  • Valarie Walker says:

    In our lives, in our behavior and in our relationships with our children, we are educators, if only by example. It is a question of taking an interest and developing ties with our children. We particularly need to forge stronger links between our children. If we as older people are not a part of our children’s experiences, how can they then have a respect for older people and our rich past.

    From the moment my children were born, I have loved and nurtured them in hopes that they would feel connected not only to me, but to others as well. I know that when I feel a connection to others, there is an unconditional respect for that person and his rights. I think first and foremost, children must feel loved and secure. Perhaps this was NOT lacking from what Ms. Rodriquez’s had known of her father…Just his absence. Still there was that bond that allowed a strengthening for a relationship later in life. What is not to love about that.

  • Penni Sumpter says:

    This story is very touching. It makes me flip through the pages of my life and ponder the relationships that are dear to me. There are many and I’m very blessed for them. When I reflect on my children, I know the true meaning of unconditional love.

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