Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Why Wouldn't You...remember the GOOD?

Why Wouldn't You...

Remember the GOOD.

Life is rough.  For all of us.  Everyone has struggles, some A LOT bigger than mine.  The happiness comes in looking at the day's work.  And seeing that it is good.

Recently I had a conversation with my good friend Leah, about how we use our expensive degrees to do such things as scrub toilets, check homework and wipe bottoms.  Through this conversation we stumbled on the reality of what we do.  We shape lives.  We pour our love and help and dedication and conviction into the very hearts of our little people.  And that is what being a mom is.

I took Carson to a birthday party recently and found myself texting Justin that Carson was being a pain. Here we were, at one of his best friend's parties, and he refused to participate in the fun.  I wanted to scream at him, "It's not about you, it is a party for your friend.  Go join in!"  But I have learned a thing or two about my Carson.  It takes him a while to warm up in new social situations.  Sometimes a LONG while.  So after an hour of watching the other kids play, he finally joined in.  And he had a blast!  He challenges me.  Often.  But I am learning that there are so many things going on in that boy's head that I don't understand, and that when I give him some space, he will come out of his shell.  I left the party still a bit frustrated.  Then I saw this.

This is what I will choose to remember as I drift off to sleep tonight.  I love my little guy.  His heart is big.  He challenges me in big ways too, but in the end, I know I am doing a good job teaching him how to love.  And in life, that lesson will go far.  

PS--I wrote this post this summer and never published it.  I am not sure why.  As I was trying to think of something to write about today, I came across this.  It was just the reminder I needed on this rainy, gloomy day.

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