Friday, October 23, 2009

Becki's Parable

My friend Becki - who is the AMAZING mother to 6 gorgeous kids, posted this beautiful, simple and perspective changing experience on her blog...I loved it so much - I thought I'd share it with you.
The other day I was coveting my neighbors lawn,which is the most PERFECT patch of grass I have ever seen.Maybe it has something to do with him mowing it every other day, using scissors to trim the strays, fertilizing it weekly and observing it each night.(mind you he is a retired gentleman).I thought, "Why the heck does my grass look all splotchy and not perfect like his?"So I walked on over and said, "Tell me your secret, how, how, HOW do you do it?"
He smiled at me and said, "I am raising grass, you are raising children."
I thought, he is right.
For such a short time,I won't have perfect grass, but I will have happy children prancing all over it.I won't have clean walls, but I will have children wiping their messy hands all over it.
I won't have clean glass doors or windows, but I will have my children's eager faces pushed against them, awaiting the arrival of their daddy after a long days work.
So suddenly I realize I do like my imperfect grass because it means I am raising children and the time will come when I will miss that. So thank you my perfectly-perfect grass loving neighbor for sharing your secret. Devote your time and energy to what you are raising and the outcome will be wonderful.


Saquel25 said...

That's a great parable unless your neighbor has a perfectly manicured lawn as well as having three small children. What excuse do I have now? :)

Carrie said...

LOVE IT!!! Thank you Cumorah. What a great reminder, and it couldn't have come on a better day.
I just caught Addie with a Sharpie.

Becki Madsen said...

You are so sweet Cumorah! Thanks so much for your kind words, I am so glad I can keep in touch through your blog, although we really need to get together and go to dinner with our husbands! Hope you are doing well, thanks again!

Tricia Lauritzen said...

Love it. Thanks for sharing

The Goulds said...

Such a great reminder. sometimes the world tells us so much that we are "just" raising kids, like they are a nuisance but really what a precious gift we have been given to be mothers. there is a season for everything & I'm grateful for the season I am in of raising my sometimes drive me crazy children. Thank you for a great post!

Rachel. said...

That is beautiful.

Jen said...

okay, I'm passing that one along. It was perfect!

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