Friday, February 18, 2011

What are YOU growing?

At a recent Relief Society meeting, we were sharing stories about raising children and the work we do as mothers and homemakers, when a friend shared this:

When we still had teenage boys at home, my goal in life was to have a perfect, beautiful lawn.  One day, when Johnny was about 16, he got this old junker car, and tore it apart, right in the middle of my lawn.  Parts, tools, it was a mess!

Standing inside, looking out the window, I said to my husband, "Tom, look at what he's done to my lawn!"  I'll never forget Tom's reply in his slow, rich voice:

"Nola, we're grown' boys; not grass."

(Her story, her words as best I can recall them, names changed, and a few descriptive terms added.)

I've thought about this many, many times over the last few months, as I've gone about my daily work, done my best each day to be a good mom, and meet all of the needs of my children.  (A girl can dream, right? ;o)  It just keeps coming back to me, over and over . . . what am I growing?

What do I really want?

What are my actions saying about my end goals?

At the end of the day, what will I have tended and cultivated?

Am I growing grass, or children?


Katie Lofts said...

Oh Annalea,

So many of your posts seem to echo my thoughts, but you say it so eloquently.

Annalea said...

Thanks, Katie. It really helps when I know I'm not the only one!