Monday, April 16, 2012

Will you draw with me?

 My younger two were still napping, but Libby had just gotten up from her rest time, which meant that my hour of quiet was over. We went out front, her with her box of chalk straight to the sidewalk, and me, in an attempt to draw out my quiet a bit longer, with a book to the porch steps. She drew for a few minutes, then looked up at me and said, "Mommy, will you draw with me?"

My first reaction was to say no, because I wanted just a little more quiet, and that's what I told her. She quietly went back to drawing, and after another minute I looked up and saw exactly what I was missing out on. I put my book down and joined her on the sidewalk. 
Too often I get caught up in what I am doing, cleaning, tidying, needing, and forget to realize how much my children need me to invest in them, and how much I love doing it. 
After a time, she was done drawing, and Hudson woke up from his nap and joined me on the sidewalk. If I had still been on the steps reading, I would have missed out on watching his sweet boy just-woke-up face. I love that face :)

His clothes don't match, and hardly ever do when he picks them out, but he's okay with that.

My nature is to be selfish, because, well, I'm human, but God is teaching me every day how I can better love those around me. Even if it means drawing flowers and hearts and the names of those I love on the sidewalk.


Beth said...

I remember just how precious those quiet moments were when I was a young mom and my kids were napping. I also remember the difficulty of letting it go once they woke up! :) But you chose the better thing, Megan, even though it's so very, very hard! Great thoughts and precious family!

BTW, I just got your email and will respond to you sometime later today. Thanks! :)

NatureMama said...

Funny, there's a name of one we love written so well in cursive on our window in preperation for a tea party. It's the first she has learned of all of our guests, and what better place to practice it than on the window in window crayon. The benefits of homeschooling. I'll give you a hint: it starts with an "M." Wink, wink.

Megan Elzey said...

Thank you, Beth :) It is hard to get out of my quiet, inward mentality and pour myself out into my family. You would think an hour would be enough, but when I only get that hour twice a week, it just never seems long enough! :)

Megan Elzey said...

Leslie, I can't wait to receive my invitation, and see her handiwork. Tell her I am in anticipation :)