Tuesday, September 13, 2011
There is a lot of assembly required following a big move. And heaven knows we had more than our share of it. Of course, Dad got saddled with the big jobs. I always seemed to be tied up with something important when it came to some of it. I got my fill of reassembling furniture with our two dining tables.
After being such an asset to getting the playset put up for abuse, I mean play, I went into hiding in the house. When I peeked out the window, I saw that I had missed the beginning of another construction job in the works.
Anabelle often does place herself in a supervisory position. After all, why should a princess do manual labor?
I try to stay out of their disputes. First of all, there are too many of them; it would be exhausting. And secondly, I want them to learn to compromise and problem-solve without a referee.
I loved watching Cooper and Anabelle working together. Teamwork is vital to any successful relationship, personal and professional. Any opportunity they have to practice teamwork, I want to let them do so. While I do care about their grades, at teacher conferences I always ask how they are doing socially. I place equal, if not greater, value on that. I know that it doesn’t matter how smart they are, if they cannot get along with others, their chances for success drop considerably. Not too mention what they would miss out on by having close relationships with others. And those relationships, loving and serving others, are what will give their life meaning.
I know I cannot imagine what my life would be like without the close relationships I have been blessed with over the years. I have grown, laughed, cried, celebrated, mourned, worked, played, prayed and been loved beyond comprehension by these close relationships. These are the things I don’t want my children to miss out on in life.
Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.