Someday, my children will tell someone what they think of me. How they remember me. What kind of mom I was. What it was like being my child.
I’m not naïve: there’s plenty they could say in total truth that I wouldn’t want etched on my headstone. But I’m not done parenting them yet (I don’t think we ever are, actually), so I’m still writing those markings.
Here’s a list-in-progress of what I hope will make the cut.
That I sought God’s face and favor.
That I cherished my children for who they were while encouraging them to become who they could be.
That I apologized genuinely and then acted differently afterwards.
That I listened.
That I wasn’t boring.
That I took an interest in them.
That I made them feel I was glad they were in my life.
That I loved with action.
That I prayed.
That I laughed.
That I loved their father well.
That I made a home and did not just keep a house.
That I let them go enough to leave when it was time but held on enough to bring them back from time to time.
That I chose my battles wisely.
That they knew they could come to me with anything.
That I was fun to spend time with.
That I let them feel what they felt and sat with them in those feelings rather than trying to rush them through those feelings.
That I gave them good memories.
That I pursued and prioritized relationship with them.
That I did not stay the same but that my love for them was, always, sure and certain.
I love this list! I know you'd say you were blessed to be their mom, but they're so blessed to have you, too! <3ReplyDelete
Aw, Lisa!!! You are just so precious! I know what your Gv thinks and WILL think of you, which is that you are one zillion percent WONDERFUL! I miss you!! xoxo, EDelete
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These are beautiful goals for any mother's legacy. I hope my four children will say or believe something similar about me. My favorites are these:ReplyDelete
"That I loved with action. That I prayed. That I loved their father well. That I gave them good memories."
I would have to add to mine, "That she talked in silly voices, sang at random moments, and baked delicious bread."
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