Thursday, September 20, 2007

They Are Wise Beyond Their Years...and I Need to Listen

Yesterday was a bad day. I was just in a bad mood all day. There was really no reason why, I was just tired and crabby.

And so I might have done a little to much yelling.

Not really yelling, I guess, because I'm not much of a screamer. It was much more like snippy, short, frustrated sounding, loud talking. And nothing much I said all day was very nice. And no one who had to listen to me snip and snap all day deserved it. Least of all Gracie. I am pretty sure she didn't want to be with me all day long with the kind of crab I was being. Seeing as how she's 3 though, she didn't have a whole lot of options.

And then towards the end of the day, she gave me a hug, looked right into my eyes and said,

"You're the best mommy. I love you very much. But you're kinda mean."

And she was right.

And I was thankful that she could still love me unconditionally even though I was having a bad day. She gets it.

And now, so do I.

Also yesterday, I read this, which was posted by JMom at Lots of Scotts. I do not think it was any accident that I came across this on one of my crabbiest, most unreasonable and ungrateful days in quite a while. JMom's words speak to me. I read her blog every day. She is an amazing mom and writer who writes with insight and wisdom and I leave her blog inspired every day. She loves every single day of her life, and her writing reminds me to do the same.

So Thank You Gracie and will be a better day.


Mary@notbefore7 said...

I am off to read JMom. I related to this today, so much. I am having a rough time with my 3 year old right now...and I don't think being sick is helping.

MorningSong said...

I have been there too! My daughter does the same 'You are the best Mommy' when I know I've been a bear! It always makes me feel awful. She is so encouraging and loving.

You are not alone, we all have days like this. I am hoping to make them fewer and fewer, I pray!


My Wonderful Men... said...

We are all human and have bad days. Thank goodness our children love us and remind us what a great job we are doing.