I had precious, stolen time for lunch today with my oldest son. He and I went to a favorite Asian eatery and enjoyed our time together so much. He has his driver’s permit, a deep voice and is taller than me. He is growing up before my eyes. Some people often remind others to enjoy their children wihle they are young. That’s never been a problem for me. Not that parenting is always enjoyable, but I learned as a teen myself how short and fragile life is. I appreciate every day, every moment, with my family and thank God for them.
Lunch was winding down, and I asked for the check. When she brought it, my son stealthfully surprised the server with payment. He doesn’t have much money, but what he has worked for – he wanted to spend on me. He said, I tried to pull out my wallet underneath the table so you wouldn’t see it. I offered him a heartfelt thank you several times.
He paid the tab and handed me my fortune cookie.
As we walked out arm-in-arm, he opened the door for me as a blast of glorious summer heat swept over me. However, as warm as it was outside, my heart was warmer with gratitude for having such a great guy as a son -and a wonderful daughter and another super son as well, of course . We walked to the car, keys in his hand, and he opened my car door. I looked at him and said, Lunch was good, but it tastes even better being treated by you. He replied, Lunch was good, but it even tastes better treating you.
I love that boy.
Life doesn’t require lots of extravagant spending and doing. It merely asks of our time and attention. Our children do, too.
Think about a way to spend some quality time with those closest to you. A small investment yields a huge return.