Here is a picture of my daughter’s hands holding a beautiful moon flower she picked for me. She picked it from the side of our fence, it was standing so proudly among a group of weeds. I shared this picture on Facebook because I couldn’t resist how real she was as she handed me the beautiful flower. I was not able to express all my thoughts and feelings about this special moment. But I’m glad I get to write it on here!
As her mother, I saw nothing but purity and innocence in her eyes and the flower was a perfect representation of that. Then I remembered her father. The good examples he shares with her in our home. He loves to bring home flowers. He never buys me flowers, but he enjoys picking them from the side of the road or from a neighbors garden, with permission (I think, ha!). He would walk in the door with his lunch bag in one hand and bright colored flowers on the other.
My daughter witnesses this every time and so shes’ picked up on it. It’s pretty cute, I must say. It reminds me of a quote that reads “When someone gives another person a flower, the fragrance of the flower lingers on the hands of the giver“. My daughter smells the fragrance of the flowers my husband brings home. She sees the beauty of it. She hears the kind words he shares to go along with it. And she feels the love and kindness he offers when presenting it.
His good examples as a husband is leading her to be a beautiful young woman, a kind daughter, a future loving mother and more. These were all the thoughts that were flooding my mind from her simple action of giving me the flower. Our children watch and learn everything we do as parents, both good and bad. We’ve concluded that the best way to teach our children is by loving each other as husband and wife, treating each other with respect and always speaking kind words to one another.
There is a need to fill our children’s minds with goodness, not only by words but with actions. Our young girls are so keen to learn. They analyse and absorb everything they see and hear. The other day, my oldest girl (3 years old) rebuked me for not being her daddy’s friend, “No mommy, you be daddy’s friend” was her exact words. She picks up on things so quickly! It’s sometimes mind blowing.
I’m a firm believer in Dr Victor B. Cline’s words “the children’s minds are like banks – whatever you put in you get back 10 years later with interest“. Our children will grow and they will be better than us and so will the next generation. And to me, that is success.