Moms, in honor of Mother’s Day I present to you . . . drum roll, please . . . the Mother Trophy!
My youngest daughter (now a teen) was four years old when her little wooden car didn’t win a race at AWANA kid’s club. The grand prize had been a trophy.
Her brother responded by giving her one of his old basketball trophies. Dad gave her a weight-lifting trophy he’d won at the county fair.
My daughter perked up for a while and had fun decorating her room with them, but later she sighed.
“Someday I want to earn a trophy myself.”
I asked her, “How would you like to earn one?”
She thought a minute, very seriously. “I think maybe playing soccer . . . or doing gymnastics.” She paused.
Then she said, matter-of-factly, “But what I really think I want to get one for, someday, is for being a mother, with my own children.”
Wow. A Mother Trophy! Wouldn’t that be something?
Just when we as parents feel unappreciated, BOOM, a child says or does something to show we are valued. That our work is recognized. That what we do is meaningful. Our children are given to us as gifts–and those gifts give back to us.
Children are a gift from the Lord (Psalm 127:3)
All you moms out there: I’d like to give you a virtual Mother Trophy: so just pretend to reach into your computer screen and grab this one! And have a lovely Mother’s Day.
Excerpted from the book The Power of Parent-Child Play, © Laurie Winslow Sargent. Laurie is the editor for Finding God Daily, a multi-book author/contributor and magazine article writer. Her parenting blog is at ParentChildPlay.com. You can find Laurie on Twitter as @LaurieSargent.
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