The teller knows our family and when I go to the bank, I usually have my kids with me. She asked if I needed suckers and I said "No, thanks." She replied, "No kids today? That's nice!"
Now, I don't want to seem nit-picky and I know what she meant, but I immediately thought, why didn't she say, "No kids today? That's too bad!"
I wonder if it's because in our society children are considered a burden. Not always, but often I would say? She isn't the first person to see me without my kids and say something along the lines of "No kids? That's great! You need a break, too!"
Oldest a few years ago; she is her mother's daughter.
I'm sure sometimes it's just that the person has small children themselves or remembers what it's like to have a few littles, and so they know how nice it is to get a break now and then. But I just wonder why people's first reaction isn't something positive when it comes to children? I'm at fault too. I probably voice the negatives more than the positives.
I don't want to be seen as the mom who can't WAIT to get a free moment from her children. I love them! I love spending time with them. Ok. Not every single second of every single day--but most of the time I really do!
WARNING: First few pictures taken by a certain sweet 5 year old.
The truth is, yes, I like having Mommy Time. I mean, who doesn't?
HOWEVER, every single time I come home, even if I've only been gone for an hour, my girls come running up to me saying, "Mommy, mommy! We missed you!" I live for those moments. I love being a Mama and I love spending time with my littles.
Breaks are nice. But time with my children is nicer.
I love how Michelle Duggar always refers to her children as "Gifts." It's so true, isn't it? They really are gifts from God. Sanctifying Gifts. AHEM. But gifts, nonetheless. ;o)
Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him. - Psalm 127:3
Middlest ADORES her Daddy. AH. DORES. Wants to marry him, she does. I kind of like him, too.
I am so blessed.