My blog was silent last night. Not on purpose though. I had good intentions of writing. Words played in my mind throughout the day. Blogs were read and comments were given.
The afternoon began with Wesley debuting his first start as a pitcher. He normally plays the role of reliever on his college team, so Wesley was definitely excited. Tim had basketball awards night in shirt and tie, shined shoes and black pants. Home again and shared stories with my hubby. I finally settled, ready to write and Elizabeth came home after leading her girls’ group. One story led to another. “You won’t guess who came in to the Dairy Queen last night?” and she proceeded to share about “the boys” who came in unexpectedly.
One idea led to another. Time ticked by. I noticed the clock, but tried to forget it. When it comes to my teenagers and their initiative to talk, I forcefully stop thinking and listen . Elizabeth kept talking and talking and talking. Story. Story. Story. I felt like the insurance commercial as a memory of a little girl prolonging her bed time popped into my head. It never failed; her stories charmed me then and now.
Honestly, I’m glad I missed posting. I wouldn’t have traded her talk for anything. Priceless.
Those stories and those moments are golden. You are so right to savor every bit of them!
Sometimes you just have to give up your plans for your kids. It is worth it!
Sometimes what is happening right in that moment of our lives is more important than any other “priority” we may have. But you are back! Glad you had that conversation and it meant so much.
Your post sounds like my life. Always something. :). But choosing to spend time listening and enjoying were the perfect choices. Your words made me smile. My sons like to talk before bed too. That is when all the “good stuff” comes out.
You have a code to honor your children and you must live by that code of honor. Your kids will not always be there to plop down on the bed and share the stories of their life. Soak it up while you can.
You won’t have that chance again, glad you did listen, Mary Helen. Wow, your kids are growing up!
Congratulations on being the present parent!