Thursday, December 9, 2010

Treasure


"Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body." ~Elizabeth Stone

Last night I was driving home from a party and as sometimes happens I turned off the radio so I could have a quiet moment to pray. There were a lot of things on my mind and after a while I started talking to God about my children. The tears started to pour.

These small people who smile up at me with unblinking admiration. The unspoken message in the hugs, kisses, and snuggles I receive on a daily basis that loudly say "I love you mom." The little helping hands - so small that they fit on an ornament, but so big in that they do so much. It is a full time job to watch after these small people. I am on call 24/7 and yet it is a job I would not trade for anything the world could boast.

The treasures lain at my feet brought to me by these little people who cannot tie their own shoes or wipe their own faces. They still have so much to learn and yet it sometimes feels like they teach me more than I could ever possibly teach them.

I will not say that being a parent is always easy. It isn't. Nothing worth it ever is. I will say it is a privilege. Being greeted in the morning with joyful shouts of "Mama! Mama!" glancing over at my baby and seeing his smile radiate towards... me - those are the moments for which I live. Those are the moments that store up in my heart and mind and cause so much love in my heart that if I didn't know any better I'd think it could burst.

"When you have brought up kids, there are memories you store directly in your tear ducts." ~Robert Brault

What simple moments do you store up as a parent?


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