Last night I was in a rush to get the obligatory book read to the children so that the bedtime routine could be completed. It had been a long day (isn't every day?) and I was ready for them to go to sleep.
Their choice was a book my mother-in-law gave me when I first became a mother called "From My Mommy Being With Me." It's a small paperback that I just noticed for the first time, was published by the same publisher as "Growing Up Gracie."
I dove into the book that I have read many, many times and felt a whole new response to its sweet words. The book talks about the lessons a little girls learns as she grows up simply by her mother "being with her." I was fighting the tears--and I'm not really a crier!
It made me re-evaluate what my children have learned and are learning from my "being with them." Sometimes I'm sure they've learned to be stressed out. Or maybe to yell. Or to have a great plan in the morning and have it all go down the toilet before breakfast is on the table.
But, I hope they've also learned that I love them. And I want them to be happy. And that I know they are children of God and that I am so very blessed to have the opportunity to be their mother.
It also made me think about what I learned from my own mother. In one word: selflessness. She embodies that word perfectly and always has. I know I am far from mastering that one, but I hope to improve each day.
What did you learn from your mommy being with you?