Last night I was sitting on the couch, exhausted from a full day of doing nothing. As I was sitting there recuperating, I watched cub #1, playing. And it hit me that I do not know him very well anymore. Being at school 8 hours a day takes a lot of time away from me to spend with him. Evenings are always busy with family activities, and rarely a moment to spend quality time with just him. Oh I know there are ways, but with three other children it seems like the effort that it requires is almost more than I can muster up.
So as I sat there watching him, I was filled with a longing to cuddle him, hug him, squish him, absorb him. I called him to me and made him sit on my lap. Yikes, what a big kid! He used to fit so nicely on my lap. Now its more awkward trying to cuddle in his long lanky frame. But he came willingly. Sat on my lap for a moment and then moved on to more exciting things.
God heard my cry, and has given me what my heart desires. To spend more time with my children. And how did he do that you asked? Well, last night as we were about to go to sleep, we received a text from the bus driver saying that the bus was cancelled because she was sick and couldn't find a replacement. So my children are at home with me today. Thank you Jesus!
Cub #1 amazed me this morning with his first-born personality. He was all ready to go to school (they didn't know about the change in plans). He was dressed. He had made his own sandwich. And his backpack was ready. All without an ounce of prodding. Once he found out that he wouldn't be going, he had put his sandwich in the fridge. Talk about responsible. And I can't even take credit for teaching him those things. God knows that I need all the help I can get!
You know how older people always tell the younger parents to enjoy their children while they are still young? It used to irritate me. But now, I'm on the brink of saying the same thing!
Funny how time changes people.
God bless you today, in whatever you are doing. And if you are a mother, enjoy your children :)
~ Esther ~