Friday, May 13, 2011
The Affirmation Project: Day 12
I had no idea I was getting lessons. I didn't know they were teaching me at all. I thought we were building train layouts and camping and reminiscing and making dinners. They were teaching lessons and wrapping them in a disguise.
As I try to teach my boys the qualities of being a good person, I realize I'm teaching them what my parents taught me. They WAY they taught me. I move the words in my head around to make the most simplest sense to the boys and when I open my mouth I only hear my mom's voice. I sit my boys down to give them a quick lesson and hear myself talking in drawn out stories instead of sound bites, just like my Dad. When I hear these things out of my mouth, I feel the warmth and teachings of my parents.
I know now how they loved me and how they thought best to teach me. These wrapped presents made me the woman I am today. I took their actions and words and grew into myself, a good person.
Thanks, Mom and Dad.
My Affirmation: I will show my kids through my words and behavior, what it means to be a good person.
My friend Linda has a saying, "Say what you mean and mean what you say." I never understood that, in fact, after she'd say it, I would repeat it in my head a couple times to try and make sense of it (she probably saw my lips move and the blank look on my face). Even after the repetition, I never got it.
Until my boys came along.
Teach with love and say what you mean, you can't go wrong with that.