This year I had to beg my kids to make lists. Yes, BEG.
Please write down your Christmas wishes.
Did you make your lists yet?
I’m going shopping tomorrow, MAKE A LIST OR YOU GET WHAT YOU GET AND YOU CAN’T THROW A FIT!
They made the lists.
I watched them around the table, discussing their wants. The older ones helping the younger ones with proper spelling and maybe dropping a few hints along the way. I watched them write, then erase, then write some more. I saw the excitement in their eyes at the possibility of finding their dreams under the tree on Christmas morning. I smiled as I listened to them discussing between the five of them what they hoped to find waiting for them on what will most likely be a very early morning.
As they handed me their lists and walked away I couldn’t help but giggle a bit as I read their requests for new socks, water bottles, Santa hats and one rubber boot. They had a few bigger ticket items on there, don’t worry about that, but for some reason their requests for the simple things brought a smile to my face. Knowing that they didn’t require all the hottest toys to make their Christmas complete brought a wave of relief to my heart (and my bank account).
As their attention turned more toward what we were going to be wrapping up for others this year, I took a moment to take a deep breath and enjoy the moment. To see their true concern for what was to be wrapped up for others this year, to read their meticulously made list of teacher gifts, to know that they are finally thinking about others instead of just themselves.
I couldn’t help but ask myself a few questions (because I’m the only one that listens to me and answers questions when they are asked): Are we actually making progress? Are we going to succeed at raising caring, loving, fully functioning adults? Did I fall asleep standing the kitchen and this is a dream?
All my questions were answered as I watched the Boy place the final touches on this card:
It was at this very moment that I realized that we truly are on the right path. That we are doing something right. While I am certain that the path ahead will still have curves, bumps, and detours along the way at least I know that somewhere and somehow we made the right turn and the final destination looks incredible.
A Christmas wish granted indeed.
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