Rush, Rush, Rush.
We are all so busy, everyday. And then, every once in awhile, something shifts and we see things in a new light.
I was making my rounds last night during bedtime, like I have for eighteen years. It’s become so routine for me now and it hardly flusters me as it once did. On one hand, this can be a good thing but on the other hand, this does hinder my ability to slow down and remember the purpose behind the bed time ritual.
Brush your teeth, put on your pajamas, pick up a few things in your room, say your prayers, let’s hurry and read your book….
hurry (so I can just lay down for the first time today)
and then, one day, I’m reminded of the meaning behind the tuck in – truly, the most important part of the day. I’m usually not naturally in this place, because I am in “get it done” mode – but a child’s prayer always has the ability to touch my soul, if I let it.
Tonight, my Halle’s prayer did just that.
“Come on Halle, it’s time for bed!”
“Mom, I’m already in bed.”
“Oh! Good work! Did you brush your teeth?”
“Yes, and I put on my pajamas and I’m reading a book right now.”
“Great job! Goodnight honey….. wait, are you crying?”
“Yes, because there is this little girl in my class and she just sits at lunch and she tries to talk to the other kids but they just won’t talk to her. I feel like I need to call her tomorrow but you said we will be busy doing things. Can I please call her Mom? She really needs me.”
“Halle, it’s okay. You don’t need to cry. We will call her tomorrow. Do you want to say a prayer for her?”
“Dear Heavenly Father, please bless the little girl in my class that nobody will sit by, and I promise to work hard to be her friend.” Halle pleaded through tears…
The sweet prayer went on just a short time, and I hugged that little girl of mine tight. So often I set out to teach my kids lessons and make sure they develop and grow, how I believe they should – and on my agenda. And then, something like this happens and reminds me that I am the student. In all of my directing and mothering management, time schedules and deadlines – the most simple truths in life can be easily lost.
Thank you for reminding what is really important, Halle.
written by: janae
Hello! I am Camille, a wife, mother of four, Disney obsessed, certified teacher, and reality optimist. Motherhood comes with its ups and downs, and I hope while you’re here you’ll find something that makes your #momlife easier!