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Day 13 of Lent: Kid track

February 25, 2013

Verse for reflection: But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me. Psalm 131:2

One time when the two youngest were six and three, I had to stay home with the children who had flu and strep throat. They were sick, but not too sick to want to play “office” with Mommy.

Suddenly I found myself with two pint-sized bosses. One was far tougher, and the other way more lenient than any real life-bosses I’ve encountered.


Six-year-old: “Now, I want you to finish an article for the paper today.” (She hands me a blank page and I decide to write down our conversation so she’ll think I’m “writing.”)

Me: “Today?”

“Yes, today. Start writing.”

Shortly three-year-old arrives with a play lunch of plastic food. “Ta da! Lunch!”


“Oh, lunch already?”

“Yes, I put ketchup and mustard on it.”

“Oh, (chuckle) yes! I heard you going ‘plop plop.’”

Six-year-old: “This is your lunch break.”

I take two pretend bites. Six-year-old: “Okay, start writing again.”

“Hey! That was a short break.”

(Relenting.) “Well, you’ll have another break later.”

Three-year-old returns with a plastic Big Mac box, hiding a smile. “Here’s your break. You won’t like it.” (Giggle.)

I open the box. Instead of a hamburger, she has tucked inside a treat like you get with a fast food kid’s meal. “Oh, you gave me a Happy Meal!”


She grins her delight.


Six-year-old. “Now hand your paper to me when you’re finished. I’ve drawn a picture to go with it.” …

And once again I was grateful to step inside my children’s world, even if it took a sick day to do it. It’s always a revelation to hear kids playing back to us what they’ve caught from our work world.

I chose a mommy track when I cut back my full time job to half time, a decision I never regretted. My boss may have raised an occasional eyebrow when I had to stay home with sick kids, but it was a choice I tried to make whenever possible. It meant cutting back on travel for the company, not doing much overtime or evening meetings. I didn’t pursue grad school because it would have meant uprooting the family. I was clearly on the parent track.

Stepping off the career track is a good thing, especially during this season of Lent. There are many images of God in the Bible as a parent, or loving mother hen, as our pastor read in the Lectionary passage yesterday. God IS a parent, and parenting–or loving the children in our lives–can be one more picture to help us understand a little more fully God’s wide and all embracing love for us.

Action: Today’s verse speaks of a still and quiet soul. There are many tasks facing us on Mondays, but this season reminds us to take time to be quiet and still. Even just for ten minutes.


From → Faith, Family Life

  1. LInda Stoops permalink

    I love reading your blog daily, It does help me to take ten minutes out of a busy day to read and meditate a little. Thanks

  2. Nancy Hoag permalink

    I especially enjoyed reading this one tonight, because our 11-year-old granddaughter called right after dinner to ask if she might fly out (from Seattle to MT) to ski with “Papa”…and I thought, “Oh, my, will we have time to make this work?” Now, however, I’m remembering so many sweet times with this child . . . and we will make time. Nancy Hoag~

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