“My child, listen to me and do as I say, and you will have a long, good life. I will teach you wisdom’s ways and lead you in straight paths.” Proverbs 4:10-11 NLT
There are two lasting bequests we can give our children. One is roots and the other is wings. Hodding Carter Jr.
As I look at my once little boy turn into a young man right before my eyes, I get a little “verkclempt”. He is such a sweet and kind child. Smart, funny, athletic, inquisitive…..he is everything I ever hoped for in dreaming of having a boy. And he loves his mama! That is the best part.
I never thought I’d be the type of parent who would want to home school, especially during the time of deployment. But we found a great hybrid program so it’s the best of both worlds. I have to tell you that even though I’m exhausted from being on my own these past months, I treasure the memories I have with my children and hope they will as well when they look back.
So we live in strawberry country and during one of our “home school” days, I had the pleasure of taking my son. He was amazingly productive. There were times when he ate the “fruit of his labor”, literally. But for the most part, he was on a mission.
Ah, the memories! I’ve taken him strawberry picking ever since he was 18 months old on both sides of the coast in this country. He has loved every minute of it. I know one day, the novelty will wear off and that may not be the thing he wants to do. I am realizing that parenting is all about paying attention. Every season has a new field to explore and just when I get comfortable, things change. I just have to enjoy the field I’m in, look for the best of what’s being produced and keep going.
So we are leaving strawberry land, but my son and I agreed that we will just have to find new fields to graze in our new assignment in Hawaii!
“Adventure is out there”….one of my son’s favorite movie quotes from UP.