Wednesday, August 12, 2009
When I was younger, I used to think that the parent-child relationship was a one-way street. They were the givers and I was the taker. Whether it was an advice, an order, or an assurance, I took whatever they offered me.
Now that I AM the parent, I know better. I take away just as much from my son as I try to offer him.
Just the other day, I made Tidmouth Sheds out of wooden blocks for my son's Thomas and Friends collection. You have no idea how happy that made him! He gave me the brightest smile ever and jumped up and down with delight. I, in turn, was filled with joy to see him get so excited over something so simple.
And it was also a great reminder that instead of getting all caught up in the pursuit of happiness, we should be taking delight in the simple pleasures that life has to offer.
In a way, he is the greatest teacher I've ever had.