Debra is a married mom of two kids under the age of six. Aside from her mommy CEO duties, she also works full time in TV PR. She’s always trying to find the fun and funny in everyday life and writing about it as a mom, wife, friend and career gal, but not always in that order! Find her blogging at The Harried Mom.
My children astound me most days. Sometimes it’s something they physically do, but most times it’s what comes out of their mouths! I’m always surprised by how much of the world they take in and understand.
There are times when I’ll ask my kidlets a question and get no response. Hours later they’ll respond to me as though it was a current conversation. I’ve usually forgotten what it was that I asked them so they have to explain what they are telling me and I’m impressed by the amount of thought behind their answer no matter how inconsequential my question was.
Take the other day, for example. I was driving in the car with my five-year-old son, just the two of us. We were running errands and had a very interesting conversation.
It started out very silly. We had just finished up at the bank and he asked me which was more: a million dollars or a zillion dollars? “A zillion of course” I replied! He giggled and proceeded to rattle off a list of all the things he would buy with all that money. This went on for a good ten minutes and I was only half listening to him at this point – I mean, how much can a mom take hearing about every single Sklylander character – when what he said next almost had me in tears.
It was a conscious stream of thought for him, “and I would have enough money so that mommy and daddy would never have to go back to work and be at home with me and my sister all the time. Oooh, and I’d get some new LEGOs…”
I interrupted him and asked, “Well, what if you had a choice – either buying all those fun things or having mom and dad at home all the time, what would you choose?”
He thought about it for a few minutes before he replied. He said, “as long as we can still live in our house, then have you and daddy at home all the time.” I asked him why and he told me “because family is all you have.”
My five year old had created a life philosophy for himself! When I was his age the most complicated problem I was tackling was how to snooker another cookie from my parents. I wasn’t spending time pondering major existential situations!
My boy made me think. Life is not a contest. It’s not about who has more money, a bigger house or even, who has more Skylanders. It’s about family, and how you love and care for one another. Family is the only thing you will have with you for your entire life and it should be cherished. I am proud of my son for knowing that at his young age!
Sometimes the things that children say are meaningless, and sometimes they are just beyond understanding. I going to make sure to keep listening to my son, I’m anxious what his next deep teaching will be!
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