I came across this blog post via Facebook. A coworker, also a mother of sons, posted it on her page. I casually read through these and thought they were all great. Some I am better at than others. But the one that stopped me in my tracks was #10. I am not sure why, maybe it was the way it was written, maybe it was late at night and I was already tired or maybe it was God’s way of talking to me. Because that is exactly how I felt. Here is Rule #10 that really caught my attention:
10. Give him something to believe in
Because someday he will be afraid, or nervous, or heartbroken, or lost, or just need you, and you won’t be able to be there. Give him something to turn to when it feels like he is alone, so that he knows that he will never be alone; never, never, never
It hit me like a ton of brinks. You mean I WON’T always be there to help my sweet boys feel better? I am the one who kisses all the booboos and play legos with them and make their forts. (well, Daddy does too!) Right now, all is right in the world. Our biggest concern is pooping on the potty and getting enough fruits and veggies. I haven’t even begin to think about the rest of those hard years. Of course I intellectually know that we won’t always be there for my boys, but reading these words in this post, in this context, makes it a little more real and a little more close to home.
You mean I won’t always be 2 steps behind him to intervene and guide his every move? I won’t always be able to model good words to use and how to react in every awkward situation? I can’t protect him from being hurt and scared? And…(gulp) I won’t always be here…….tear….
So this is a great message from God. I am feeling the pull more than ever to make sure our boys know God, Jesus, Mary, the Bible and what to believe in. We HAVE to get this thru their little heads and hearts before someone or something else does.
Read the rest of the blog post, which is awesome and has cute pics to go along with it. I am sure you will appreciate and be inspired as I was.
I can’t imagine not being there for these sweet faces.