I smiled at this sweet video, but questions filled my mind as I watched. I remember days that went something like this.
But why are the days of shredded nerves and lost tempers the days I remember most?
Maybe I lost that temper more often than I sculpted grace. Maybe epic fail really did describe my attempts at child-rearing. I hope not.
Hind sight isn’t as clear as everyone tells you. So, I make lists for the grown kids in hopes of letting them know all the things I want them to know and lists of the things I still want to reinforce like,
- I made a lot of mistakes, and you will too. Don’t judge yourself by your failures. Learn from them.
- Perfect has no value. Don’t miss the small, broken, stumbling path along the way to small successes.
- Learning to see you and respect you as an adult would be easier if you were someone else’s kid.
- Admiring your adulting skills is similar to the way I felt your first day of school.
- I’m not scared of being dependent on you one day. I’m scared I’ll be a burden rather than a treasure. Being honest with you about aging isn’t easy.
- If the ones you love feel neglected by you, make changes. You will never regret spending more time with the ones you love most.
- A lot of people are going to challenge you. If you’re right, if you’re decision is for the best, if you’re conscience is clear, if you’ve carefully prayed over a big decision… Stand your ground.
- I wish when you were small, I’d known to say this to you: Be you. Do you. You really don’t want to walk in their shoes.
- I may struggle to always remember you’re grown now, but I love that we get to be friends now.
- Now that you’re grown, sometimes I’m not sure what I’m allowed to ask you about.
- I wish you still told me every detail of your day.
- I know it must not always seem so, but as your mom and dad, we don’t mean to disrespect you, sell you short, or interfere when we offer advice or an opinion.
- It’s difficult to shake the parenting tone of voice.
- I always worried about being acceptable. Don’t waste your time on worry. Instead, work hard to be exceptional and accepted as true to yourself.
- Believe in yourself. Don’t be afraid of learning the hard way.
- I believe the toughest thing for me to accept would not be your failure to succeed. It would be a tough thing to accept that you failed to succeed because I didn’t teach you to be independent and a responsible member of society.
- I believe the very hardest thing for me to know would be that in all I taught you, I failed to teach you the value of knowing, loving, and following after Christ with your everything.
- Chase your dreams, but chase after God harder. You’ll never need less of God.
- Every time I see you, I want to ask if you’re about finished with that time you said you need.
- Thank you for trusting me enough to tell me the truth.
I keep thinking this listing business will get easier. Not so far. More to come. Always more.