My Nephews Taught Me.
This past weekend, Josh and I went home to spend time with our families. It seemed it had been ages since seeing most of their faces and after a month of bashing wedding ideas around in my head, I needed to talk them out with my dearest. (I think I scared all of them.)
And I needed to see my boys. I needed to squeeze them and kiss them and laugh with them and pretend nap with them. I needed to love them. And I realized something amazing. Children, more so than any person, recognize the little things and can teach us much more than I ever anticipated. Here’s what I learned…
They live in the moment continuously. They scream when they are excited to see you, a wild scream that can send your ears ringing for months, and at the same time send your heart to the moon. Even a cow can send their smiles to their ears. We should always be that excited about life.
When they become impatient, which is often, you can read it on them. They don’t try to hide their truth. Waiting in line, waiting your turn, is the end of the world in their eyes. And yet, while being honest about it, they deal with it. Be honest.
They are just beginning to recognize that patience is a virtue because it leads to amazing moments. (And always ride with your hands up.)
While it may seem like there is only one way to do everything (your way), keep others in mind. This is something they are learning. Be kind.
When you are tired and need a pick-me-up, the answer is always piggy-back rides, super slides and cotton candy. Have fun.
If they don’t want to do something, they don’t do it. They can climb all the way to the top of a slide and realize it scares them. The solution is simple for them, turn around. There is no moment to be too proud. (Of course, one day, he will go down the slide and face his fears.) Have humility.
Sharing is really hard. Painfully hard. Sharing your things, your feelings and your heart. But they learn through the tears and eventually, they’ll be ready. Share, share, share.
Farming the land is the most beautiful and natural process. Everyone should do it. Finn likes tractors. (And yes, farming is important.)
So blessed with this family of mine and all they teach me.