For example, on my daily to-do list I’ll notice, “buy Emily a dog” at the bottom of the page. While grocery shopping I’ll find the words, “dog food” squeezed into a blank space. And when it comes to Christmas? You guessed it. “A dog for Emily” is usually at the top of the list.
My kids are great at giving hints. Sometimes those hints are obvious – like Emily wanting a dog. Other times they’re more subtle. Like the ones they give while telling me about their day.
Last week Madison shared details of her day on our way to gymnastics.
First, she told me what she did at recess. Next, she shared something funny her teacher had said. Then she told me about an annoying boy on the bus.
After awhile I drifted into my own thoughts.
I need to make something quick for supper … I can’t forget to wash Emily’s volleyball uniform tonight ... How should I begin my next story … What is Madison going to wear for picture day …
Suddenly I realized I needed to focus. How else would I catch her little hints? It might be a simple comment she makes. Or a frustrated sigh. Sometimes it's just a feeling I get that says, I think there’s more to the story here. Maybe I should dig a little deeper.
Funny how a question like, “What else did he say?” or “What did she do next?” can lead to all sorts of important information.
Like most moms I usually have about ten things on my mind at once. But it's important that I set those thoughts aside and really try to listen. After all, she might give a hint that I don’t want to miss.