Friday, February 5, 2010

“You can do it, Mom!”

Enthusiasm, wonder, and dental appointments--these are a few of the reasons I am thankful for the blessing of my children this week.

My two-and-a-half year-old son cheered me on this morning.  While riding on my back as we trudged hurriedly to my daughter’s school, I was thankful for his encouraging words that I “can do it!”

However, when I  first I opened the door this morning, I was caught by surprise by the thick blanket of snow covering the driveway.  Great.  We would have to walk in this.

Off went  my daughter’s sneakers and we lost several minutes struggling to push her feet into her purple boots.   We rushed to preschool late, and I returned to collect my other two children so I could take my other daughter to kindergarten.

My haste and annoyance on the first drop off expedition caused me to miss any beauty in the snow.  But my oldest daughter could not help but stop and notice, despite my proddings to hurry.

“Hey, it’s a woodpecker!”

I heard the tapping too, and quickly  scanned the tree to try and spot the bird.

“Look, there’s a cardinal!”

I did manage to sight the bright red plumage that my daughter was pointing out.

 “Those branches look like reindeer antlers.”

Yes, I agreed, but we still had to pick up the pace to have any hope of arriving before the bell rang.

How alike I was to the harried subway riders who missed the masterpieces being played by the violinist in their midst!  I went back later to snap some photos of the snowy path we’d traversed earlier in the day.  The snow was still beautiful, but some of the pristine exquisiteness had begun to fade.  My daughter was ready to stop, observe, and take in the moments that would never come again.   I urged her forward.   Who’s instructing who here?

Besides the lessons I am learning, I often find my children to be quite useful.  My daughter reminded me of her dental appointment last night. Thanks to her, we arrived at the office just in time.

As I work my way through the tasks of today, I pray that I will have a reverent heart for God and be better at appreciating all his wonders.   From frosted branches to three pieces of his handiwork he began weave within me three, five, and seven years ago, there is much beauty to celebrate.

Image by Tammi


Melinda said...

Isn't it great all the blessings our children bring us?

Diane said...

That sense of wonder is something most of us adults need to recapture; kids are so in tune with the beautiful around us.

Anonymous said...

With all the busyness around us, I do think that children are always giving us reminders of what's important - playing, laughing...the simple things that matter. I'm glad you were able to take in the beauty of the Lord's creation.

MrsJenB said...

Yes, it is definitely far too easy to miss what's all around us. I love snow but have found myself being irritated by it lately. I'm trying to remind myself to tap into that childlike glee again because, as in your example, it's children who *really* see the beautiful world around them, not adults.

mholgate said...

Funny, usually I am the one asking my children to slow down, but at just the right moment, THEY remind ME to slow down and enjoy life. :)

Have a wonderful week!

One More Equals Four said...

This is something I am TRYING to work on. I am ALWAYS trying to get somewhere, my seven year old asked me last week why we were always in a hurry. I was so convicted by that because I do miss so much. I NEED to slow down. I NEED to be still and know God. But it is HARD in these times!

Thanks for sharing!