We are getting ready to celebrate Grandparent's Day at our school. I decided the theme for this year would be "Through the Decades." I absolutely love spending time with older generations and hear their stories and... their many words of wisdom.
I used to LOVE rocking Maddie to sleep when she was a baby. I would make up songs and then sing familiar songs to her as well. Getting ready for Grandparent's Day, the 2nd graders are learning the song "ABC" by the Jackson 5. I know that the lyrics were written for a girl that they loved but after hearing and singing the words I could not help but think about me and Maddie.
"You went to school to learn girl, things you never never knew before. Like I before E except after C and how 2 + 2 makes 4, now now now I'm gunna teach you...all about love girl. Sit yourself down and take a seat and all you gotta do is repeat after me. ABC, easy as 123, as simple as DO RE MI, ABC, 123, you and me girl."
Maddie is learning grammar and math in school (some things that I do not do that well in). The one thing that school cannot teach her is "all about love!" I, as a mom, need to remember to sit her down more often and teach her about love. Not, necessarily sex (although that talk is coming soon), but show her how to love. Show her how I love her daddy so one day she can love the husband God gives her. I need to show her love through patience. I need to show her love by listening. I need to show her love through just being there when she needs me.
This wreath is made from some of Maddie and Macaiden's old puzzle pieces that they have outgrown. It was sad for me to make this tonight. I remember sitting on the floor in our tiny apartment in Gainesville trying so hard to teach Maddie her letters. I would get so excited when Justin came home from classes just to show him what Maddie had learned that day. Macaiden still loves puzzles to this day, but sadly has outgrown the alphabet puzzle as well.
One thing that I do not want my kids to outgrow is them knowing that their mom is here to "sit down" and just be there for them. With the help of their school and teachers they are learning the basics in education, but it is my job to help mold them before they get to the point where "listening" becomes a chore for them. Molding may not be as simple as ABC or 123 but it will always be me and them...that love surpasses all things.
My Repurpose for today : Show my kids that my love is more than just ABC's, 123's, and hugs and kisses, but love through all things.
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