It’s a funny thing. The kids have moved out but now they seem to want to come home just to chat or spend time with their father and me. Over the past week, I have had lunch or dinner with each of the children, very spur of the moment, and incredibly pleasant. I say that because the last few years when they lived at home, they always seemed to be too busy to join us for a meal, either with work schedules or their social calendar commitments. Then when they were home they would sequester themselves in their rooms and conversation with them was generally a sporadic exchange of information from then on.
What has happened? We haven’t changed…
My son even offered to pay for an expensive dinner out. What is the world coming to??
I will admit, I’ve been wondering if they are having ulterior motives for this unusual behavior but so far it’s obvious they just like to “drop in” and visit. I haven’t changed. My husband hasn’t changed. We’re still the same old, same old, talking the same language, doing the same things as we’ve always done while the kids were at home. What has happened? If we haven’t changed…gasp!…have they? 🙂
Of course I’m being facetious. I think I am finally seeing the fruition of “training up a child in the way he should go”, and I know it’s still too early to say for sure, but perhaps they are seeing their parents in a different light as well. We’re not just the parental units who nagged them to do their homework, or to clean their rooms. We are not looked upon as their personal chauffeurs anymore, or their chefs, or their management consultants, or money-doler-outers. In fact, they seem to be actually grateful when we prepare a meal, or offer advice, or buy them something. Hmmmm…we haven’t changed…gasp!…have they? 🙂
Proverbs 1:8-9 ESV “Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.”