Five Minute Friday is changing it up a bit this week. We’re to write on “What Mama Did” for five minutes. No editing or backtracking.
I ate lunch with Lexi yesterday and we sat with one of the little boys and his mom. The two littles started talking about the other kids in her class that were sitting back at the main table. I’m embarrassed to say not all of it was positive. Lexi wasn’t trying to be mean but kids call it as they see it. Lexi calls me out all the time. Why are you mad at me? It kills me when she says that. I stopped her yesterday at lunch. Quit talking about your friends. If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all. Lexi, naive, said I like to gossip. I wanted to hide under the table. I urged her to just quit. She did and started talking about something else. Probably her peanut butter and jelly sandwich she was picking apart.
When she got home last night, I told her I wanted to talk to her about what happened at lunch. Gossip isn’t nice and talking behind peoples’ backs will land you with exactly zero friends. The Bible warns against and it’s really just not nice. She assured me she wasn’t trying to be mean, she just liked talking about her friends. She’s just too honest and naive now to know how that will turn out in a few years. I could tell she got it though and we moved on to talking about the weekend.
I always thought mothering would happen with serious, hour-long conversations, but I’m realizing I get to dispense what little wisdom I have in spurts, like a Pez dispenser and its little candies. And I’ve realized that’s what my mama did. Years and years of teaching and guiding, sometimes seconds at a time showing me what wisdom looked like. She still does it. Sometimes just a sentence between what we had for dinner and what she found shopping that day.
Motherhood sometimes doesn’t look like I thought it might, but I sure hope it looks a lot like what mama did.
Oh the lessons we learn from our mommas and pass on to our children. Thank you so much for sharing about yours. Blessings.
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You’re welcome, thanks for visiting, Wendy!
NJ @ A Cookie Before Dinner says
It can be so hard to tell when to dispense that wisdom can’t it? Your mama sounds like a very wise woman.
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I think as my kids get older and older it will be harder to discern that. Thanks for stopping by!
Debi @ FunkiPlanet.com says
Great insight! I love it. Sounds like you learned the lessons well. Thanks for sharing this today!
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I’m sure trying 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment!
Ahhh…of course I love this post! :). I’ve been so busy his week, I hadn’t seen it till daddy told me about it. Love you, Mom
P.S. Lexi…..too cute. Good job reigning it in!