I’ve been stitching the last bits of decoration onto costumes for the upcoming musical, and yesterday as Beatrice and I sat, her working on an embroidery project, me sewing another band of gold ribbon, she said,
“You don’t sew very much anymore, do you, Mama? That’s kind of true, isn’t it?”
I smiled. “Yes, that’s true. Not very much. I have five children, you know!”
“Yes, Cecily is number five and she keeps you very busy.”
“But that’s good that you’re very busy, Mama, because that means you are always taking care of your children.”
Heart melt and attitude check all in one instant. Out of the mouth of this babe comes the sweetest encouragement, and the startling reminder of how I am shaping her value system and ideology by my example.
She sees that I’m busier than ever with the care of these beautiful children. Does she see that it brings me joy, and that my service is prompted by sacrificial love? I pray so.