"Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body." Elizabeth Stone
I absolutely LOVE that quote. I recently ran across it again and thought to myself as I always do how true that is. I remember back to before I had children (yes, I can remember that far, for now anyway) and think about times when my feeling we're hurt by something someone did or said to me. I remember that sad feeling and wishing I wasn't so sensitive. I remember telling myself to toughen up and not to let things that people said bother me. I remembered that time is really the only thing that makes it better (except for maybe an apology from said party lol) and that it always got better.
Then I had kids......
Now, I am 50 times more sensitive than I ever was when it comes to them.
Now, no matter how many times I tell them to toughen up and not be so sensitive I am still fuming inside that someone hurt them.
Now, long after my kids have forgotten an incident and have totally moved on I find myself still thinking about it, still holding on.
So while this SUCKS... Yes it really does, it is also a learning experience. (As all things are if you think about it)
Because I know how sensitive I am when it comes to my children, I am always so careful when I talk to other Moms. (Being a daycare provider I have to do this a lot)
I always try to teach my girls to give people the benefit of the doubt and yes sometimes they are better at this then I am when it comes to their feelings.
And above all I remind them that time heals (or helps a whole lot) all wounds because this I believe with all my heart.
Growing up there were two things that my Mom told me over and over again.
The first was "will this bother you in ten years?" and if it wouldn't then don't let it bother you now.
The second was "Remember, if they are talking about you they are leaving someone else alone."
I have found myself on more than one occasion sharing this wisdom with my girls.
My hope is to raise confident, compassionate, and loving children who possess empathy for others.
Children who when the time comes (and I hope to be blessed with lots of little ones's) are able to have their hearts walk around outside of their body even better than their Mom did.....