Kids… love ‘em or loathe ‘em (and sometimes it’s both simultaneously), they’re still special. As I’m reflecting this week on things I’m grateful for, children find their way to the top of my list. I don’t know about you, but I’ve discovered that when they’re little, they step on your toes, and when they’re big, they step on your heart, but I wouldn’t trade anything for parenting.
Take motherhood for instance. Wired deeply into the soul of a mom is a highly complex, but ever-present connection, that never goes away. It’s like an emotional high-speed fiber-optic cable—1000 megabits per second! A father can think about his children and compartmentalize his emotions and feelings quite easily; but a mom? NO WAY! Whether she’s 28 or 78 she’s always thinking about her kids and nothing in heaven or earth will change that. Did I mention worry? Is there a mother alive who can’t not worry about her “babies”? I’ve not met one, ever.
Truly children are one of life’s most wonderful blessings. Sure, it might cost us $233,610 per child, but who’s counting?! The bottom line is this: parenting is priceless, despite the pain, anxiety, fear, frustration, and all those ever-present, nagging thoughts of ourselves failing repeatedly.
I have an idea. Why don’t you hug your child today? Oh, I don’t mean one of those quick “grip-and-go” hugs, but one that’s more memorable, more meaningful, more intentional… one that speaks, in its own unique way, a thousand “I love yous” all at once. Granted, you might blush (and they will too), but guess what? They’ll be blessed and so will you.
We’re thankful for our homes, cars, clothes, and food… but maybe we could be much more grateful for our kids… the little eyes that always watch us, the little ears that always hear, and the little minds that are always wondering, “Does she/he really think I’m special?” My friend, that’s a question only you can answer for them; a question that never goes away. Answer it today.