My favourite thing about Christmas is getting the Christmas tree. This year we brought my Nanny with us because she was picking one out too. My Dad and I were throwing snow at her when she wasn’t looking. She didn’t even notice. Mom is picky when it comes to the tree. It has to be straight and not too bushy. She made Dad and me stand by one and wait as she looked around some more. We ended up getting the first one we stood by. When Mom is picky, Dad and I play and joke around with her. It makes me laugh.
Getting the tree is one of my favourite parts of Christmas.
A small boy is sent to bed by his father. Five minutes later…..”Da-ad….”
“I’m thirsty. Can you bring drink of water?”
“No, You had your chance. Lights out.”
Five minutes later: “Da-aaaad…..”
“I’m THIRSTY. Can I have a drink of water??”
I told you NO! If you ask again, I’ll have to spank you!!”
Five minutes later……”Daaaa-aaaad…..”
“When you come in to spank me, can you bring a drink of water?”
The incredible beauty of autumn is stunning. The colors reflect a changing season. For some this initiates a season to be tolerated and endured until the spring sun warms the earth once again. For others there is an anticipation of the joys freshly fallen snow will bring. For the gardener many might think this is a season of rest, on the contrary, this season marks the opposite, it’s time to plant.
Ground is selected and prepared. Bulbs are chosen, planted, and watered lightly. Although snow may be in the not-so-distant forecast, a gardener knows in order to see vibrant color in spring-time, one has to plant and begin nurturing her gardens now. A flower does not grow in a day, but needs proper soil, care, and nourishment to bloom within its appointed season.
Similarly, healthy family relationships don’t just happen, they need to be nourished and cultivated to come into full bloom. Cultivating health within our family can be one of the most difficult – yet potentially most rewarding – investments we will make with our lives.
As you invest in your family creating a legacy of relational health, remember the gardener. She faithfully plants today hoping in months to come beauty will break forth. Remember, what we invest within our family does not often yield immediate results. Patience and a view to the future are essential character qualities we must not only embrace but embody. When you do not see immediate results hold onto hope and faithfully continue to nurture and care for your family relationships. In it’s appointed time spring will come and the flowers bloom.
Until Next time consider how you can nurture relational health within your family this autumn season.
Your friend and pro-active parent coach