Tomorrow is Memorial Day. I have seen posts all weekend about how many people have turned this holiday into a day of no work, a day of BBQ, and a day of swimming. To thousands... Memorial Day is the opposite of all of these things.
As a parent....we spend our entire life telling our kids what to do or what not to do. We teach them what is right and what is wrong. We spend each day trying to protect our kids from harm. We monitor TV shows, we hang on to their bicycles so we can try to stop too many falls when they are first learning, we put on life jackets when they are on boats or teaching them how to swim. It is our job as a parent to protect our kids from harm or even from knowing what is "bad."
I am learning that as my kids get older they are beginning to experiment with what they think is "right" or "wrong." My "say" in things is beginning to disappear in their eyes. Mom and dad's say so is not what they want to hear anymore. My advice to my kids is not as welcome as it once was.
As I think about the parents who have lost their kids in combat, I cannot help but to think about the times when they stopped the bicycle from falling, they held their kids when they were bullied, they stopped the tears when they were scared from a nightmare, they stopped the bleeding from a "boo boo," but they could not stop a war that their child entered. Our (a parent's) job is to stop the pain. Our job is to show our kids what to do or not to do. There comes a time when our time or saying no longer matters. Our kids are growing to make their own decisions. They decide to go and fight for our country and regardless how we feel about it...our teaching and our impact on their life will become their teaching and their impact on our lives and the lives of many.
I can't help but to think about the many mommies and daddies who have had an impact on their sons and their daughters. They sacrificed, blood, sweat, and tears. Now....because of the love of a mom and a dad, the love of a US soldier, or a son or a daughter is sacrificing blood, sweat, and tears for his or her country.
My Repurpose for Today : What I say to my kids, what I do for my kids, what I sacrifice for my kids can have an impact on them for the long term...but...I need to TRY to remember that they will one day make their own decisions....what kind of an impact will I make so I can see the impact they will make?
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