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The Child Teaches the Parent

One of the blessings of being a parent is seeing the world through the innocent eyes of children. My son just taught me a valuable lesson. Oh, how we take things for granted!

He has been fascinated with how the electricity works ever since our power went out during recent storms. Just now, he went into our den, lit only from the sun through the big windows, and flipped the light on. He immediately ran to me and exclaimed “Mommy!! The electricity!! It is working!! Look!!” The look of pure joy on his face shone brighter than any light I’ve ever seen. He was truly excited..and truly thankful.

His genuine reaction made me pause and think— How often do we stop to thank God for things like electricity? For our showers? For our bags of groceries we try to carry in, arms overloaded? There are so many things we don’t give a second’s notice.  In our fast-paced world, we don’t take time to recognize all we really have. We should.

I feel like I’m constantly learning from my children. And I hope they will learn from me too— to be thankful for the small things, to be grateful for the gifts God gives, and to extend generosity to others so they might know those gifts as well.

2 thoughts on “The Child Teaches the Parent”

  1. My parents grew up with no plumbing and always reminded me to be thankful for that hot bath/shower and a flushing toilet. For some reason that always stuck with me and every morning I give thanks for these things we now consider small. Thanks for reminding the rest of the world.

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