Thankful Thursdays - Maturity

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Thanks, Krogers!

I ran into Krogers to get a few groceries for dinner and was distracted and dazzled by the beautiful bouquets I saw displayed there. I'd like to buy bouquets for all my loved ones and surprise them, but my funds are limited, so a picture will have to suffice. :-)

Media worships youth.

This Thursday I am reflecting about how the world worships youth. The innocence and blush of youth is a prized commodity, but I am grateful for my maturity and for that of my children. Although I reveled in their adorable years and the antics that came with them, I am grateful for the maturity they show now. I've seen many a friend raising their grandchildren and marvel at their ability to keep it all together, while I am fortunate to be able to "borrow" a grandchild and take them home after they completely wear me out. My children are wonderful caring and responsible parents and I never have to waste a moment worrying about the care they provide to my grandchildren. There is a lot to be said for peace of mind, and that comes with maturity.

If I knew then what I know now...

How many times have you thought back to your younger days and wished you knew then what you know now? My children now know why I warned them about certain dangers and are actually thanking me! Suddenly I am the "go to person" for all kinds of issues, when previously I was underrated. They actually listen to me. That comes with maturity. I've gotten apologies and respect. That too comes with maturity.

I used to feel so unsure about myself.

There are some topics I still feel some what shaky on, like modern technology, but there are many things I have gained confidence in. So what if I not cute and giggly any more. Becoming mature is not so bad after all. My baby girl, who is in her early 30s told me the other day that she was grateful I stood my ground on many issues that she had long ago fought me tooth and nail on. She advised that it is because of my strong stand on many issues that she now feels confident in goals she is pursuing as a parent. As a parent, especially a single one (like I was) we must stand strong, and sometimes it means being lonely, not causing our children to fill that friendship gap, because our children have friends. It is our place to be their parents and help them reach maturity.

Take care & God bless.

5 comments: August 13, 2009 at 9:56 AM  

It's nice to hear that you did things right as a parent, isn't it? :)

Judy Sheldon-Walker August 13, 2009 at 10:38 PM  

It sure is. Sometimes it seems that we wait forever though to hear it.

T August 15, 2009 at 8:26 PM  

I often tell my girls I'm not here to be their friend - but their mom. And you know what, they GET it!

Thanks for stoppinb by and leaving me directions on the auto posting. I'm going to give it a try soon!

Icy BC August 15, 2009 at 9:09 PM  

You're a great mom, Judy! You did what you can, in the situation that you're in, and nothing can beat that..It's also good to feel appreciated sometimes..

Judy Sheldon-Walker August 16, 2009 at 5:27 PM  

Icy and T, your support is so appreciated. Take care & God bless you in your trials and tribulations in parenting.

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