We write our labels daily wether we realize it or not. At the kids school , . . . . Hello my name is volunteer, lunch lady, kid hugger, high fiver, teacher assistant, library helper, Garretts mom, Billies mom, or Mrs.Ramer. At home, . . . Hello my name is homework helper, wife, dog mom, cook, boo boo kisser, kid snuggler, housekeeper, laundry doer, mess cleaner, disciplinarian, or argument tamer.
Just some of my names during the day. You might be thinking those aren't so bad, average names, average days. Now think about a bad day. instead of a name tag, i give you a warning label, but first i give it to your kids and/or your hubby to fill it out. What would it say?
i'm going to be pretty honest here with myself and you dear reader. Because my husband is far too kind to tell me my warnings, (and i'm scared of what my kids might say) , i will be very honest with myself and tell you what i believe he would say.
She can seem normal, she can look normal, but do not assume she is ok. Needs constant attention. You must, at all costs laugh at her jokes. Funny or not, laugh! if you don't, be prepared to hear a 30 minute speech on how you never laugh at her jokes. Constant petting necessary, doesn't matter if you told her she's pretty 10 minutes ago, say it again. Can be quite obsessive about her hobbies, and spend tons of time and money on them. Never tell her that!! Hobbies can get in the way of housework, often. Huge procrastinator. if you ask her to do something, be prepared to have to do it yourself one week later because she didn't do it. if she does do it, praise her. Can get wound up easily. Even something small can get her in a tizzy. Once again, don't tell her that! All in all tread lightly with this one, (she's a cryer).
Phew. That was eye opening. i feel a strong need to go hug my husband for all he puts up with. And i am so happy i don't have to wear that warning on my shirt for the world to see.
Just writing all that down makes me look and see what i can work on. Maybe my procrastination, (just to mention one). But we all need reminders that we aren't perfect, and we always have something we can work on. Lets look at our warnings, own them, then change them. No one says you need to stay the same. And just as much as we need to see ourself for who we are, faults and all. Let us, let those around us know how much we appreciate them, and their loving us just the way we are.
The best part of all of this? There is no warning label too long, or too complicated that the Lord will turn you away.