It's time to make my weekly wish. This week the question is simple, "What's your Winter Wish?"
Today is the first day of winter and the moon is full and bright. It is also the final day of school for my daughter before winter break.
This week has been filled with getting things done, finishing my final commission, getting my hair cut, running errands, making the menu. Busy, busy, busy. There is a pretty festive mood around here which I am enjoying. I still have much to do, but most of the preparations are done and everything seems manageable.
There were also a couple of things in there that gave me pause to consider that others are not enjoying this time of year as much as we are. I encountered a parent who doesn't know the name of their children's teacher...this just blew me away on a lot of different levels. I'm not as involved in my daughter's activities at school as I used to be, but I do make the time to go into class a few times a year, and stop in for a lunch when I can, and I am in contact with her teacher via regular emails and conferences. I have a hard time wrapping my head around what could be going on in a person's life that they do not know the name of their child's teacher. And more importantly how that child must feel, what their day-to-day is like.
Also, my daughter had the experience of handing out little treat bags that we had made, and having several of the kids try to hand them back, wrinkling up their little snouts and saying, "I don't like this kind." I guess I made the mistake of not putting in the right kind of holiday treat! I thought that peanut butter cups and kisses, fudge and peppermint bark would cover all the bases. I was wrong. It was heartbreaking to hear this. I am wondering what happened to the days, when you got a little gift and said Thank You, even if you didn't like it, you'd take it home and maybe someone else in your family would. Thankfully, there were some kids who were happy to get it and said how much they loved this or that.
So my wish is this, I wish that parents everywhere would pay attention to their kids. Really pay attention. It's not about how many presents are under the tree or who is getting the latest what...it's about being with your child and knowing what is going on with them, seeing how they are growing, teaching them manners, and respect for themselves and for others. The spirit of this season is about giving and love, my wish is that no matter how busy a parent might be, teach your child gratitude, let your child know that you care, spend time with them, ask them about what is going on in their lives, at school, how they are feeling. Don't just hand them something and shuffle them aside. These children really are the future and I am still imagining a future filled with love and respect for one another.
I know that there are many different situations out there and I couldn't even begin to try to solve everything and turn the world into a perfect place, but for those who have seemingly given up, I wish them the strength to keep trying.
May everyone feel some warmth and kindness this season. May everyone's bellies be full when other days they are not. May we outstretch our hands to those who need a lift. May we let our lights shine on these cold winter days. May our hearts be filled with gratitude for every comfort, joy, and blessing in our lives.