Today, I read a post on Adoptive Families Circle. To sum up, a woman heard a child say, “Mommy look at me!” and the Mommy wasn’t paying attention. The woman wrote that she would love to hear that – she would never take a child’s enthusiasm for granted. A number of people replied that she was right. They practically chastised the mother. People don’t appreciate what they have.
I think all parents get tired. I thank God every night for Jackson. Really. I go into his room, rub his back, cover him up, maybe give him a kiss, and say a little thank you. I’m not always patient during the day. These past couple weeks have been more difficult than most, as our schedules have completely changed. Still, I know we’re lucky and blessed to have Jackson.
But… there is another side to the story.
Perhaps that mother sees a childless woman and thinks, “How lovely it would be to sleep in and not feel guilty. What would it be like to be able to run errands without worrying about being late for school pick up? What a luxury to see an e-Saver and take off.” Parents can’t really do any of that. Parents have to find a baby-sitter before they can go out. They have to worry about their kids practically every moment of every day. It’s hard to take a break when your job description includes “24/7”.
The grass is always greener, isn’t it? Perhaps we should be more tolerant of others’ actions.