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Nov 22

More Important Than….

Photo of my egg-rock.

Recently my daughter and I were digging through a pile of rocks that I had collected as a kid (I know and yes...rocks).  I loved geology even as a kid.  One of the rocks was a smooth polished green stone in the shape of an egg (see picture above).  The rock was given to me when I was very young by a sweet and very dear lady named M.J.

This lady would baby-sit me after school, make cookies just for me, take me to the park, and let me chase the ducks (years later I realized that she really enjoyed watching the ducks chase me since they did not take nicely to the fact that I would run at them).  So I have some very special memories tied up in this particular egg-rock.  Nothing detrimental, but sentimental.

Anna proceeded to ask if she could have it.  I let her know that it was "very special" but that I did not mind if she kept it.  I asked her to take good care of it and she agreed and kept it with her or in a safe place at all times.

One day she had pulled the rock out of her pocket and was carrying it through our kitchen where she accidentally dropped it.  Nothing happened to it and it did not break, chip, or shatter but Anna looked up at me in horror when it hit the ground.  She quickly snatched it up and again made eye-contact with me.

I smiled at Anna and said "it's ok baby.  No big deal.'  She replied "oh.  Because it didn't break?"   I found it precious that my daughter genuinely understood how important the egg-rock was to me even at 5 years old.  I responded "no sugar.  It's just a rock.  But you are waaaay more important to me than a rock."

Now, I could never sign myself up under the "I Get It Right As a Parent All The Time Award" but during that moment I watched the realization of my daughter when she realized that she was more important to me than that rock.  So some of you just smiled and thought "great work Trey.  You've now convinced your daughter that she is more important to you than a rock."  I'm smiling with you now.

Anna realized that there was more to this rock that made it special.  She understood that there were memories of M.J. connected with it and that, subsequently, she was more special.

Have you let your kiddo know that they are more important to you than the important stuff in your life?  Do your kids know that they are more important to you than football, hunting, scrap-booking, or church activities (I am deliberately leaving out the Spiritual connections with deities very intentionally)?  Do not assume that your kids know. I will promise you, that if you have not told them, they probably do not know.  But even if you have, remind them today.

Photo compliements of Stephen Downes.

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