From My Children I Learned….
PATIENCE…to know that they will see the world through the self-centred eyes of a child, just like you will see their world through the self-centred eyes of a parent. That they cannot see the world the same way that you do, so you just have to stop thinking that they can.
SADNESS….to see them with anger or tear-streaked faces over being ignored or bullied by their peers, knowing that there was nothing you could do to stop it.
PRIDE….to see those same faces stay strong and move beyond those who mistreated them, because you had taught them that they are worth more than that.
HUMILITY….to know that they will push you away and to do things on their own, because there will be those times that you are not the centre of their universe.
LOSS….that one day, they will have their own lives, outside of yours.
SELFISHNESS….you may feel that they owe you for all that you’ve done, but if they pass that part of themselves on to someone else, that will mean more than anything that they could do for you.
TRUST…that they will screw things up, but will come back to you because they know that in the end, you will help them make it right.
JOY….to see them grow as an individual, not a copy of you, but as a one-of-a-kind.
ANGER….that no matter what you tell them, they will live in a world that will judge them for everything that they do.
LOVE….knowing that, at the end of the day, through all the tears, dirty diapers, scraped knees, broken curfews, bear hugs, family games nights and “sick kid” all-nighters…that they are the best that they can be.
-Tina, May 2016
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