Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Call it all weird and sappy but seriously, how can you look at your little sinners and not have some pause for thought when you see their little eyes in action. Saints and sinners, even the short people and all the rest of us. The older my kids get, they seem to change that look of enthusiasm to something different but as I have observed in our thirteen year old, they come out of their cocoon when their body is done with the 13 year old growth explosion. Our thirteen year old went from a year or two of introverted behavior, to being more animated etc. There seemed one day in particular which I was wondering what he had been smoking as his silly self had been missing for awhile. Hmmm.......every stage is so different. Seeing his eyes light up was encouraging. I have not parented eyes beyond age 20 but where they *are at* seems pretty evident by what their eyes are saying to me. Compassion for our childrens eyes, taking time to go and talk to them alone even when we are tired is an opportunity to see what is going on. With our family number, there is so much maintenance going on that taking time for pause with individuals is certainly a challenge. My mental check list might panic if I considered the last time I had a chance to connect with each kid, but hopefully they know I care. My lazy self might not be able to muster up the energy to keep up that connecting so even remembering to rip my eyes away from my current book or computer helps me connect a bit better with all of them, hubby included. Physical presence close to them does make a difference so even if I can't talk to them, being around helps some. Basically I am wowed by fellow man if they are my family or others. So goes my ramblings of the morning as I listen to short people coughing and stumbling about their morning.