Kindness, one of my core values, is the theme of today’s post.
My older daughter, Angie, who will celebrate another birthday this coming Saturday, taught me an invaluable lesson about kindness when she was around four years old. Both of my daughters seemed to come into the world equipped with innate wisdom, but while Sarah, my younger, displays her wisdom with quiet contemplation, Angie has always been verbally expressive.
I remember well the important lesson about kindness I learned from the mouth of my babe.
It was after a full day of work for me and daycare for Angie. I was tired, irritable, trying to complete the never-ending myriad of household chores, which weigh upon the mind of every mom. Angie was acting age-appropriate—rambunctious, a bit ornery— probably desiring some one-on-one attention from her mommy. Instead, I recall, I was yelling at Angie, attempting to align her behaviors with my desires, frustrated my youngster didn’t share my sense of urgency and priority.
Finally, she’d had enough. Angie placed her little-girl hands on those miniature four-year-old hips and declared firmly, “Mommy, be ye kind one to another!”
I stopped suddenly, broom in hand. Right in the middle of the kitchen, I realized the rightness of my daughter’s reprimand—a simple but profound Bible verse she’d learned at either her Christian pre-school or Sunday school.
“Oh, Honey,” I replied, scooping Angie into my arms, “yelling isn’t very kind, is it? Mommy’s sorry!”
The saucy wisdom Angie displayed as a four-year-old is evident today as a wife, mom, friend and marketplace worker. Even today, my adult daughter continues sharing insights and speaking nuggets of truth to her mother, a grown-up woman who still tends to get busy and preoccupied with the plethora of responsibilities and activities related to everyday life!
When Angie celebrates her birthday in a couple days, I assure you, my stylish daughter won’t be wearing a pantsuit similar to the dated version she’s wearing in this picture, but I know she’ll look just as adorable on June 18, 2016, as she looked when she was four years old.
Happy birthday, dearest daughter! The joy you’ve brought has been an enduring gift to your mama. Thanks for teaching me this very valuable lesson about kindness!
In subsequent blog posts, I’ll discuss some additional lessons I’ve learned about kindness. I hope you’ll join me then.
I would love to hear your comments and insights concerning kindness.
In the meantime…
May your life journey be filled with kindness….
Ephesians 4:32 KJV ↑