Sometimes I feel like the sun around which my toddler-planets revolve. Jack has a close orbit. He's never very far away, and I figure prominently into his play plans. Gus has a wider orbit, and does well with self-directed play. But both boys need physical connection at varying levels.
Jack will bounce around the room, from me to a toy, back again. He did this reliably last night while we were at Family Dinner at my parents' house. But Gus was intent, caught up in his own world as usual. Until he came running over to me and planted a big kiss right on my lips. He told me "Mama kiss." Then he ran over to Moviedad and did the same thing. And then it was back to business as usual. He made the connections he needed.
And I really loved it.