[CELEBRATE This Week No. 229]
I hear the bus pull away on Friday afternoon. I open the front door and call down the lane, “I’m so glad you’re home!”
All four of my kids look up and smile. “Mom! You’re feeling better!” They all start jogging up the lane.
“I have a treat for you,” I call.
They reach me, one by one, and hug me. Their smiles keep growing as they each comment about how I must be feeling better. (I had a fever for a week and slept more in those days than I have the entire rest of 2018!) I, too, am happy to be feeling better.
I picked up one of their favorite grocery store treats — Martin’s Muffins. We’re not much for store bought treats, but Martin’s still outdoes me in the muffin department. They all grab plates and sit together at the table. They pile strawberries and grapes next to their muffins.
I am reminded how important it is to be wanted.
I’m so glad you’re home!
These words changed the course of things. They reminded my kids that they are important and I like being around them.
It’s one thing to love someone.
It’s another thing to like someone.
Kids from hard places can be hard to love. They are transformed when they are loved and loved more. Once this transformation starts happening, then they need to be liked too.
My years as a momma are stacked with love and loving more and more hard love. I’m glad to celebrate a moment when the road might be turning and there will be more moments of not just loving, but liking too.
As our kids grow up and tackle the teenage years, I hope they become people who don’t just need love, but give love too. I hope they become people we like to be around. I hope they learn to live fully in the wake of healing.