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Grateful Kids Someday

Being a Mom requires a deep commitment to delayed gratification.  Amy Scott writes here about how even when you mother the best you can, the fruit of gratefulness comes some day in the future.


Maybe the Proverbs 31 lady gets praised in the gates by her children, but the Bible doesn’t say when that happens. Once a year on my birthday, they hint at having nice feelings for me. On Mother’s Day, the kids who remembered to make a card remind me that I’m the best mother they’ve ever had. (Being a traditional family, I’m the only mother they’ve ever had, but you take what you can get.) But really, you’re pretty much toast the rest of the year unless you buy them an orange soda at the mini-mart.

Maybe thankfulness from our progeny comes when our sons go off to boot camp and realize that making them clean their room wasn’t the worst idea after all. Maybe it’s when a mother’s children hear the secrets from friends of broken homes. Maybe it’s when they emerge from the safe nest of their home and realize that the world is a cruel place, that there are people out there who are not cheering for them.

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