5
Jul

Five Minute Friday - take

Every Friday we unite for five minutes. Only five minutes, that's all we get, that's all we have. And then, right where we are, no edits or second-thoughts, we publish those words. This week, we write on take.

Go.

As a parent, sometimes it feels that all we do is give give give to little takers. Little faces that say, can I have, can you give me, can you get me, can you do this, can you carry that, can you drive me, can I go to, can I do this, can you bring me, can you make this happen, will be you there, can you read to me, what's for dinner, can I have dessert, can you get carry me?

Can you and will you to little takers. And we give and give and give and teach and teach and teach and at the end of each day, we wonder why our bones are tired. We wonder why we feel so empty. We wonder why our minds can't shut off and we wonder why we are so foggy.

It all starts at birth, however you birthed a person. Whether that was in a hospital, clinic, home, court room, it all starts with giving up of yourself to make room for a new one to enter your soul. You take over our hearts, our bodies, our being. You start on the inside and it pours out into the outer limits of our fingers and toes. You hold on to our hands and take our love, our devotion, or attention, and at times, our actual mind.

You, you're not to blame. You didn't ask to be here, we asked for you to find us. And part of the exhausting task of this exhausting part of parenting is teaching you to do for yourself. It is teaching you to get your own thing, to contribute to the family, to do it on your own little by little, part by part.

But in the meantime, yes, I can help you reach that snack. Yes, I can pour you something to drink. Yes, I can help you make your bed. Yes, I can take you to see your friend. Yes lovies, I can help. You can take and I will give because in the end, although I am empty, there is a fullness to my world, my heart that you give that replenishes my love, my ability and me. You give too.

Stop.


Comments

  1. My kids are all grown now and I remember those days that all they seemed to want to do was take. I was about to go into church on Father's Day, when I received a call from my son who lives out of state. I would have bet he wasn't even aware of the day. He was on break at work and said he just wanted to call and thank me for being the kind of dad I was to him. Got to say I teared up a little so enjoy the kids because they are taking it all in. It will come back full circle

    1. childhood says:

      Loved this so much Steven. What a gorgeous reminder of our love!

  2. Susan Shipe says:

    The littles are takers but alas we once were too! Always enjoy your posts.

  3. Lynne says:

    So very true, Sabrina. I remember that season well. And it still continues...:)

    Blessings,
    Lynne

  4. Karen says:

    Great thoughts and insights. As they grow, the takes change a bit and i fear we will one day be takers ourselves. 🙂

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