This morning I dropped Lee and Lauren off at Church Camp for 3 days. It was funny, because right when I got ready to tell them good-bye, my eyes got a bit misty. They both said at the same time " oh mom, we are only going to be gone for 3 days!" then they laughed at me. Well that surely changed the MOMENT.
Silly as it seems, but I have always had a hard time seeing my kids leave home, whether it if for a few days, for camp, college, marriage and anything in between. I think it is a mother thing? I love my kids and all my life that is what I dreamed of...to be a MOM! I couldn't imagine a better job in the world! It is true... there are days that it is much harder than probably any other job, and yes...the pay isn't too good either, but the benefits are worth it. Seeing your kids happy, successful and making a difference in the world it well....better than anything I could ever imagine. And now I am a NANA, I can hardly put into words how great that feels!
So with this thought, I will leave you with this story that was in the Reader's Digest about children. I hope we as parents... will remember that our choices, habits, behaviors and attitudes definitely have a profound impact on our kids. If we would remember this more often, I am sure we would try and make better choices.
Good night and thank you for all the help you have been to Jeff and I, in raising our kids!
Love the Children
by Steve Goodier
Some advice I heard several years ago has inspired me to constantly give my best to my children. The advice, surprisingly, came from someone who was not a parent at all, but rather a nun. It was offered by Mother Teresa shortly after she made a speech about her work with the sick and dying and her efforts to help orphans in India. Following her address, a member of the audience stood and asked, "You have done so much to make the world a better place. What can we do?" He clearly wanted to assist in her work.
Mother Teresa smiled and said simply, "Love your children."
The questioner looked perplexed and seemed about to speak again when Mother Teresa raised her hand. "There are other things you can do," she said, "but that is the best. Love your children. Love your children as much as you can. That is the best."
I can't help but believe that her advice, if followed by all parents and all adults in all places at all times, will transform our world in a generation. Just love the children - all the children. Love them as much as you can. That is best.
"We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today." ~Stacia Tauscher