27. My Role. Not my job, but my role in my life is pretty amazing. Today I was a chef, a bike mechanic (twice), a seamstress, a handy-woman, a teacher, a house cleaner, a professional organizer, a piano accompanist, and wiper of tears.
As I made each person their individual breakfast and then lunch, I was thankful for healthy bodies and fresh food to eat. As I inflated bike tires and tightened down handlebars, I rejoiced watching all 3 kids ride up and down the street, just like my brother and I used to do; I look forward to long bike rides and the day I can say, "Just go for a nice long ride." While sewing the last few buttons on a homemade advent calendar, I took delight in the little things, for that is what my kids do. Hanging hooks in the bathroom to hold cute animal towels reminds me that life is made up of simple joys. Teaching my kids math, reading, spelling, the Bible, history and science means I control what goes into their heads and hearts, and for that opportunity I am grateful. Organizing the school room and the guest closet I am beyond thankful for the many, many books we have been given and the company we have on a regular basis. Playing piano along side my daughter fulfills a dream I have long had, even when we disagree over tempo. And hugging a little body whose knee has been bruised or whose finger has been smashed gives me a moment to bring comfort to my dear children, and there is not much greater.
Yes, there are many who believe I have not lived up to my potential. It's one of those lies I talked about a last week; one I believed once too. But for me, personally, this is greater than any job, greater than any contribution to society; it is pouring into the family I love with my whole heart.
For this I am thankful.