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?

2 comments:

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!