The moments that define your world can come in a whisper.
I was working on laundry in the basement and Courtney came down looking for a toy. This was a few days after her 7th birthday.
She had received lots of great gifts from relatives. Yet I always keep her most desired present secret for me to buy her. I want my girls to get that special gift from their Mom. The years leading up to this day I had succeeded but this year I did not. Her aunt had gotten her a Furbie. It was a popular yet strange talking creature that was the craze at the time. She loved it!
I was feeling inadequate as she bounced onto the cement floor carrying her Furbie. I asked “you sure love that furry friend”. “It’s my new favorite Mom” she said. “I wish Mommy would have gotten it for you, Mommy always likes to get you your favorite birthday present!” She found the toy she was looking for turned to me and said “but Mom, you did give me the best thing….my life!”
She skipped away leaving me frozen and speechless. I had said those exact words to my Mother on my birthday. I’ve always felt that my life is a true gift. I couldn’t believe a child could have such power of insight. What could give a child so young such strength of “being”? Could I have had some influence?
A Taboo of past parenting…you can learn from your children! Truth!