This has been sort of a crazy week. School has started, I just returned from a trip, we're all adjusting to new schedules that involve less sleep and more GO GO GO, and my husband has been out of town all week. Being the only parent around means that I've been just a little desperate for an escape. By the time soccer practice is done, books are read, teeth brushed, bodies washed, jammies on, and kids are FINALLY in bed, I am DONE with KIDS. Okay, let's face it, not having my husband around all week to help out means that I'm pretty done even during the day when the kids are awake. I zone out more, find myself checking e-mail more often because it is nice to hear from other adults, and I sometimes feel like I'm always "chasing a break" when I'm not chasing my children or running them around. This can mean tuning out and MISSING out on the little life around me.
After picking my middle daughter up from Kindergarten, we made our way home for lunch and some quiet time. As I was cooking, I heard her say "Mom, don't you think the mistakes make it pretty?" I was so glad that I was listening to her because I admit, I don't always really Listen even if I hear her. Sadly, so often my own head is so full that I'll respond with a hollow "Oh, yes!" or an "That's cool honey" but the words just float over me and I never really slow down enough to absorb what she says. But today I heard her words and they reached me. Fully. At the time, I didn't know she was talking about her friendship bracelet she had made...the mistakes made it pretty. I'm glad I didn't know exactly what she was talking about initially because her words alone really are so wise in context of life in general.
Yes! Yes, the mistakes DO make it all prettier. Without the mistakes and the imperfections in life, we'd never truly learn and become our best selves. It is these flaws, stumbles, and failures that make us come out stronger in the long run. It is our mistakes (that really aren't such "mistakes" after all) that make us grow and make life so so BEAUTIFUL. I wouldn't trade my mistakes for the world.
Today was just one of many days where I hear such wisdom come from children. I immediately wrote her words down in her special book that I keep for each of my children. It is filled with stories, pictures and other quotes from her wise little self....a treasure indeed! As a teacher, a mother, and someone that has been drawn to children all my life, I believe so deeply that God comes through children...their words, insights and the way they see the world. If only we all were more child-like in wisdom and wonder. If only we all (myself included) slowed down more often to truly LISTEN to what children say....the world would be a wiser place.
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