Despite her natural timidity, one of my daughters is especially out spoken. I never have to wonder what this little girl is thinking!
I spent a morning recently helping my girls clean their bedroom. My Out Spoken Girl was perched on her top bunk, scrubbing crayola off the ballet-slipper-pink walls while her sister and I de-cluttered and swept the floor. Suddenly, she leaned over the side rail of the bed, peered down at me, and asked,
“Mama, do you think children are annoying?”
My head jerked up in surprise at her rather random question (we had not been discussing anything of the sort!), and I found her earnest little face pensive, as if she expected me to answer in the affirmative.
“Of course not, Sissy,” I answered quickly. “I think children needs lots of love, and need to be taught lots of things so they will know how to act. But they are not annoying.”
Her face relaxed into a little smile.
“Do you think children are annoying?” I turned the tables.
She was thoughtful a moment, then said, “If you don’t think so, then I don’t think so.”
As simple as that.
My little girl went back to scrubbing her pink walls and left me alone with my thoughts. The primary question plaguing my heart was, Am I living in such a way that my daughter wonders if I think she and her siblings are a bother?
Children are a blessing. Scripture tells me so, and I believe it. But am I living like I believe it?
Do my children wonder if I believe it?
Do your children wonder?
Kristy Howard is a pastor’s wife, second-generation homeschooling mom of five, and a passionate believer in friendship, coffee, and quiet time! Kristy writes about motherhood, ministry and life at KristysCottage.com.