The following article is a guest post from my good friend Chris from TheMomCafe. Coincidentally, her son sounds a lot like my Biz. When you’re done reading, head on over to read more of her posts at TheMomCafe.
My son has this way of wondering why. He will ask question after question regarding any situation that arises.
Constant curiosity. It’s a beautiful thing, right? Not so much. Especially when I am trying to get things done or in a conversation with someone or moving him along to leave the house or trying to stay focused on the task at hand. Then, I throw the mighty hand of IMPATIENCE and the blow of “Would you PLEASE STOP asking!!!” In which case he usually continues his interrogation and interruptions with an even more intense need to solve the mysteries of it all.
He wants to understand. He yearns to learn all there is about life. He searches through all the pieces and parts of the puzzle. He wants to know. His questions truly amaze me and sometimes stump me. I love that he is so smart and excited to comprehend all this world has to offer. His desire to discuss intricate details of his grandpa’s open-heart surgery went into days of deliberation. His questions about cancer and world peace and big issues like marriage and bullying consume his days.
And often I answer the inquiries as best I can.
But other times…it simply drives me NUTS.
I feel awful when I have to shut him up, because once he gets going on his seeking of greater knowledge journey…I am forced to stop my world and focus on him.
I am ashamed to share; all too often…I simply don’t have the time or the energy to… well… parent.
I absolutely LOVE that my beloved little boy wants to learn. So how can I say I don’t have time for it? How?
We can be late. I can stop scurrying.
I can stop cleaning and working and hurrying.
I can stop looking at my list or running through the store.
I can get off the phone; stop the need to do more.
I can focus my own unraveling mind.
And realize I have him for a short time.
I can take a deep breath and look in his eyes.
I can show him he’s worth it, and me too realize….
He’s discovering life and all it can be.
How dare I forget what’s given to me.
This gift, this love, this glorious boy.
I will teach him and guide him and do it with joy.
We will explore this world together. And I will remind myself over and over again…
This privilege cannot be neglected or dismissed. This honor must not be ignored. I should not be too busy to give my child the attention he so deserves and he clearly needs. And when I really think about it…
What on earth could be more important than this?
Chris Carter is a SAHM of two pretty amazing grade school kids. She has been writing at TheMomCafe.com for over two years. She started her blog in hopes to encourage mothers through her writing with humor, faith and inspiration.