I love learning from kids—and their moms. Yesterday I heard and saw a “mom-talk” in action. And I just can’t get the picture out of my mind.
Recently when I spoke at a local Mom to Mom group, I mentioned that we are excitedly awaiting the arrival of our daughter Erika and her family (including her husband, Richie, and their children, 3-year-old Gabriella and 9-month-old Judah). They will soon be flying here from Dublin, Ireland, and spending over 6 weeks with us this summer. YAY!!! We can’t wait!!!
I also mentioned that I was looking to buy or borrow a few things for their use while they are here: things like a small bike with training wheels or a wagon or other outdoor/indoor toys. One sweet mom came up to me afterwards and said she might have some things for us. She followed up via email with a very generous offer.
So yesterday, Woody and I went over to her house. There we had the privilege of meeting her three charming children: Taylor, 8; Max, 6; and Samuel, 5 months. We began to discuss some of the things she had put aside to offer us. Such generosity! She had all kind of “indoor toys” as well as a couple of small bikes to choose from, and a great wagon. These were all available for loan, she explained, because of the age gap between her 6-year-old and her baby.
Every mom knows how hard it is for kids to part with treasured toys—often even those they’ve grown beyond. One of the kids—naturally the in-between one who had most recently used some of these things—began to protest mildly. Some of these things had been his favorites. Even though he wasn’t currently using them, obviously he had good memories and wondered if they’d be returned for his brother—and be well taken care of.
Then came the moment of not only mama grace and mama-modeling, but also of mama-teaching. Gently this mom reminded her kids of all they had and of how great it is to give and to share. And I remembered the email she had sent me. She had written of how God had been teaching her lessons in gratitude, and in giving, and how He had been working in her life to encourage her to be more giving and less grasping of blessings she was able to provide for her kids that many kids don’t have.
And so as I stood in her yard watching this mom teach her kids lessons of grace and gratitude, I saw her attitude become contagious. Isn’t that how it often works?
It made my heart grateful—not only for the generous loans, but even more for the picture I saw before me: As He teaches us, the lessons overflow to our children.
Thank you, Heather—and Taylor and Max and Samuel. And thank you, God!
What lessons is God currently teaching you that you can pass along to your kids?