Day Fourteen: To Whom It May Concern
Today’s Prompt: Pick up the nearest book and flip to page 29. What’s the first word that jumps off the page? Use this word as your springboard for inspiration. If you need a boost, Google the word and see what images appear, and then go from there.
Today’s twist: write the post in the form of a letter
The book closest to me was “Age of Opportunity – A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens”. Page 29 first word to jump off page was “Heart”.
It’s been a journey – you and me. We’ve been together since the beginning, through the good times and the bad. You’ve made me laugh and you’ve made me cry. Remember when I lost my first tooth and you couldn’t sleep because you were so excited to see what the tooth fairy looked like? Sorry I couldn’t fend off sleep long enough for us to see her.
Or how about the time you jumped up and down in my chest because we were going to get to try blue ice cream? Wonder of wonders that was. You were with me though our first crush – and our first break up. I’m just going to say – you could have handled that better. I know it felt like the end of the world, but in retrospect – seriously? All that drama?
And then there was our first car. I asked dad to paint it red for you, you know. I knew that was what you really wanted. It was hard for me to find my voice and ask, but your reaction was well worth it.
Then there were the times you lead me astray. How I wish I hadn’t listened to you the day I got on the motorcycle. You could be so stubborn back then. So insistent that you knew the right way. So prideful.
But that day shook you up, didn’t it? You realized the accident was your fault and yours alone. I think that day you realized those in authority didn’t lay awake at night trying to think up ways to make us miserable.
And now we are the parent. How ironic. Our teenagers have just about as much belief that we have their best interest in mind as we did. Makes me think of Ecc. 1:9 “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”
Don’t you kind of wish we could go back and be 17 again knowing what we do now? Or even go back and be a new parent – now that we are seasoned and experienced. The deep pain you cause me reminds me how I wish we could do it again. I know we did the very best we knew how. I guess there are just some things we can only learn from experience.
I pray somehow – someway – my children will one day see you for who you really are. That they will know that you truly, truly love them with every fiber that makes you who you are. And, that even though they may not have always understood you – you always had their best interest in mind.