A little girl read the first reading at Mass last night. It started with: Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother. This is the first commandment with a promise, that it may go well with you and that you may have a long life on earth. Eph 6:1-2
Watching her read so carefully, wearing a dressy shirt and no jacket even though it was freezing, I couldn't help but wonder what in the world the kids were thinking when they read/heard that. (Read it again and pretend you are an eight year old orphan.) Sometimes it hits home that I'm living and working in a world of parentless children. Yes some have families outside our walls but they are being raised here, within them. They aren't going to have their own room or know what it's like to have someone come to their soccer game just to watch them or remember their favorite food on their birthday or tell them stories about their family's traditions. It's striking and I guess makes for another stop moment.
Tonight I picked up a pizza from Pizza Hut for five bucks (from nearby Chimal, 20 min chicken bus ride-I used to avoid the city because it is so dangerous but I guess living here has made me less cautious and a bit stupid). Three of my kids and I walked over to the other side of campus and watched the sunset while we sat at a kid sized picnic table. We laughed and ate and made up songs and talked about our day. It was precious. And I had another stop moment.
Today one of my special needs kids was applauded during our anniversary practice while she stood in the middle of a crowd of kids. After the cheers quieted, she turned around and around searching until she found me. Then she ran up and hugged me, burying her face in my side with a huge, embarrassed smile. Yet another stop moment.
I look at this year and can honestly say I haven't brought much to the table (trust me on this!). And I can't really say I am going home from this experience with anything the world would value either. But I have reaped so much love that every minute is worth it in the end. I guess today's blog is me taking a minute to keep these moments close. Thanks for letting me share it with you!
I've had my moments, days in the sun
Moments I was second to none
Moments when I knew I did what I thought I couldn't do
Lookin' at me now you might not know it
But I've had my moments