Words I Would Say

Thursday, December 22, 2011

I have the lyrics to this video painted on canvas, hanging in my living room at home. It was the first thing I hung on my wall when Caroline and I moved into our apartment July of 2010. It's yet another of the many songs that I "devote" to Caroline, and have since the day she was born. As it says,

"Please hear these simple truths: Be strong in the Lord, never give up hope, you're gonna do great things, I already know. God's got his hands on you, so don't live life in fear. Forgive and forget, but don't forget why you're here. Take your time and pray. These are the words I would say."

It's completely common of me to think of all of the things I want to teach and show Caroline. It's easy for me to conjure a list of morals I want to instill in her life. But, what would Caroline say to me?

A Child's Request

1.) My legs are little, and my arms are short. Remember when we are shopping in busy places or we are in a hurry, to slow down for me. Wait for me.

2.) My hands are little. When I drop my snack or spill my milk, please know that I am trying to please you and show you how I have grown, but I am not yet grown.

3.) You are my life. Without you, I know nothing. When I cry because you leave me at Sunday School, understand that my worst fear in my small world is that you will not return.

4.) When I tell you "no!" and it embarrasses you in front of your friends, know that I am learning to stand up against things I disagree with. I will learn that it is pointless to disagree with you because you are "always right", but in the meantime, foster my leadership skills.

5.) I am sensitive to your feelings. I know when something is wrong. It hurts enough to see you in pain, please don't take your frustrations out on me. I only want to make you proud. I don't understand the difference between upset at the world and upset at me, and in my eyes: you are simply upset.

6.) Let me be wrong. Give me the freedom to learn from my mistakes, but your wisdom to come back to when I find my fault. Please steer me in the right direction, but do not shove me down the path.

7.) Remember that the dishes will still be there, the fuzz will remain in the carpet, and the wrinkles in the clothes give them character. I will think you are "cool" enough to play with for only a short time. You can clean when I'm a teen, and no longer need you to play.

8.) Please show me what real love means. Do not shout in anger. For I will remember your actions much greater than your words.

9.) Accept my imperfections. Please do not redo things for me. Instead find beauty in what I have accomplished. Teach me that perfection is not always attainable, but that success is not measured that way anyways.

10.) My eyes have seen much less of the world than yours, my ears have heard less too. Consider my exposure to things that you don't want me to run home and tell Grandma about.

... and that my Dear, was all she wrote...


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