They say that Christmas is the time when everybody goes back home to their families. Well, I had the chance to feel this heart-tugging moment with our two teenage girls a couple of weeks ago, way before the month of December had set in. I didn’t have to wait for Christmas.
Arielle went to a dinner party with some old friends and I was expecting her to be home past midnight. She doesn’t go to parties often and I thought that this would make up for all the parties she missed as a homeschooler. I was having a bad, bloated tummy that evening, was tossing and turning in my bed when I finally decided to get up and find something to eat to hopefully make me feel better. That was around midnight. To my surprise, I saw Kayla AND Arielle, both lying down on the sofas and awake. Kayla was apparently waiting for her Ate to come home so she could open the gate and door for her. Arielle greeted me and asked if I was surprised to see her home early. I actually was. So I asked her how the party went as I was preparing myself a bowl of cereals with milk. Then, both my girls joined me at the dining table and Arielle started talking. I was waiting for a non-stop storytelling session…with all the animation…and excitement. But to my surprise, it was the total opposite! She shared with me how disappointed she was. She was disappointed seeing how her old friends were not able to carry a “smart” conversation. How “shallow” they were in their ways and thinking. How they preoccupied themselves with selfies! She honestly felt that they just didn’t connect anymore and that she felt she had matured and grown up faster than most, if not all, of them. What I didn’t expect to hear from her was this: “Ma, see??? Eating cereals with you now is so much better than the party!!!” AWWWW…my HEART!!!!!
That moment with Arielle and Kayla at the dining table. Past midnight. In my jammies. In Arielle’s party clothes. In Kayla’s casual, don’t-care clothes. With a bowl of Koko Crunch and milk. The three of us gathered around the dinner table. THANK YOU, DEAR GOD, FOR THIS MOMENT!!!
Here’s more. The next day, when we went to church to hear mass, in our family huddle-time prayer, Arielle made sure she spoke up with a prayer to the Lord, thanking Him for FAMILY. That she has her FAMILY to always run to…where she can be herself…and a FAMILY to always have and keep.
As I write this, my HEART is FULL. FULL of LOVE. FULL of WARMTH. FULL OF GRATITUDE. THANK YOU, LORD, for my FAMILY and for this WONDERFUL AFFIRMATION that we are doing the right thing for and with our children all for your greater glory!
May God bless your families and homes for your children to always come back to…not only during Christmas season but everyday of the year and everyday of their lives, no matter what they go through and how old they become.