Saturday, February 06, 2010

I Would Say That Thing About Imitation, but....

....once again I've just lifted something wholesale from the page of a friend. This has been printed and is taped to my mirror and is courtesy (even though she doesn't know I took it...) from Nicole who borrowed it from a book she's been reading. My apologies to the original author for the lack of citation, but my guess is he or she is going to be okay with it this time.

So, an adaptation of a popular part of the Bible:

If I keep my house immaculately clean, and am envied by all for my interior decorating, but do not show love to my family - I'm just another housewife.

If I'm always producing lovely things - sewing, art, beautiful meals; if I always look attractive, and speak intelligently, but am not loving to my family - I am nothing.

If I'm busy in community affairs, teach Sunday school, and drive in the carpool, but fail to give adequate love to my family - I gain nothing.

Love changes diapers, cleans up messes, and ties shoes - over and over again.

Love is kind, though tired and frazzled.

Love doesn't envy another wife - one whose children are "spaced" better, or in school so she has time to pursue her own interests.

Love doesn't try to impress others by my abilities or knowledge as a mother.

Love doesn't wonder when it will ever be about me.

Love doesn't scream at the kids.

Love doesn't feel cheated because I didn't get to do what I wanted to do today - sew, read, work out, soak in a hot tub, chat with friends.

Love doesn't loose its temper easily.

Love doesn't assume that my children are being naughty just because their noise level is irritating.

Love doesn't rejoice when other people's children misbehave and make mine look good. Love is genuinely happy when others are honored by their children.

Yikes! A couple of those were written especially for me, in a day FULL of lessons. =)

1 comment:

Kalyn said...

Awesome! :)