Last week I was in the morning rush of getting kids out the door. I was frantic and frenzied as I am most mornings trying to rush the kiddos out the door. As we jumped in our van and pulled out of our driveway my daughter exclaims “MOM, IT’S A RAINBOW, A REAL LIVE RAINBOW“. I pause for a moment and say to her “Have you never seen a rainbow before?” and she responds with “Well only those in stories or coloring books“. I was simply in awe that this was the first time she had seen one and how excited she was. It’s the kind of excitement I want to have over things I don’t think to get excited over. An innocent and sweet excitement.
We continued our drive to school and as we pulled into the drop off lane we noticed it wasn’t just a rainbow but a double rainbow and she could barely contain her excitement. She says “Oh my goodness this is so pretty, they are just so so pretty“. To which I replied “You know God created the rainbow and the very first rainbow was a long , long time ago as a sign of a covenant, or deep committment, between us and God. He showed Noah a rainbow so Noah would know everything was going to be okay. Isn’t it pretty neat all the things God does“. She sat pondering this, and then in a raw and real moment she says to me “Mom, God is a really cool guy“
To which I replied “Yes He is sweet girl, yes He is“.
It’s moments like that in parenting that really trump every frustrating moment I have. Moments where I see the innocence and growth. The understanding and grasping something for the first time that make me be able to overlook the moments I feel like a failure and realize maybe, just maybe I am not doing such a bad job after all.
What are some moments that made you think “I am doing okay at this parenting thing”?