a long, long, road
Every night while I'm making dinner Keira is squeeking and squawking down there wrapped around my leg, waiting, waiting for dinner. She loves to eat and so believes she cannot wait even one second longer to satisfy her hunger. "Please be patient," I tell her. "Keira, please don't whine," I say.
Turns out, I might as well be talking to myself. I just might be the most impatient person there ever was. When I buy something, I want it yesterday. When I see something I want, I have to have it...yesterday. When I list some artwork on Etsy, I want someone to love it one minute later.
It might be that the very things I am teaching my daughter I am also teaching myself. Every day we pray together at dinner and when I put Keira to bed we pray together then too. Of course, I am very thankful for all the blessings in my life. Maybe I should also pray, "Jenna, please be patient" and "Jenna, please don't whine."
It was always my intention when I had kids to try to see things from the their perspective so their concerns would also be my concerns. Next time when she wraps her arms around my legs in a desperate attempt for food, maybe I should say, "I know, Keira, I know." We all have things we want so bad. But...maybe we could have Patience instead. The road ahead is long.