There are days that I don’t want to slow down my routine to involve the people who need to be involved. I don’t want to teach, I don’t want to talk, to smile or share any more of me.
Most of the time it is easier to just do it myself.
The other day it was just me and the 3 younger ones at home. I had my routine; I had given them a lot of me all day long and I was ready to do some computer work and then make supper as they played.
THEN… all 3 of them put their aprons on, washed their hands and the girls pulled their hair back (these are the rules of the kitchen). They stood in front of me with huge smiles and eager eyes and said, “We want to help make supper!” My first thought was, ‘No, I’ll do it.’ I’ll usually have 1 help me, but never all 3 at once. I really didn’t want to slow down and spend the time in my tiny kitchen finding things they were capable of doing. I had already poured out so much of myself all day, I just wanted to get supper made…quickly…and by myself!
Then I had to remember that it is not about me and it’s not about what is easier.
I am so glad that I slowed down to let them ‘help’. My kitchen is tiny and more than one person in there is crowded, so to add 3 KIDS is a challenge.
They were SO HAPPY to be working together…to be working with me. Peach pulled her stool up so she wouldn’t miss a thing! She actually peeled the cucumbers.
I taught them how to make fried green tomatoes…
and sloppy-jo’s. There is Peach and her cucumbers.
Cherish made the blueberry cobbler.
Our relationships grew a little deeper that day and their skills will go with them for a lifetime!
It’s worth it to take the time to teach, to talk, to love!
The truth is,
the more you die to what you want,
and live for others
the fuller your life is!