You Just Shop (Humor, Communication)

It’s always interesting to hear how my child perceives me. It can help me understand if I need to communicate something different in my word or actions or just help my own awareness. One such moment came today when she called the mother of her friend to set up a play date.

Her – “Did you call her?”

Me – “I sent her a message but haven’t heard back.”

Her – “Oh.”

Me – “She works full-time, honey, at a regular job. I don’t have that same set up.. I am sort of free.”

Her – “Yah, you just shop.”

Funny. So, my tendency to shop for us for groceries by the day the way Europeans do or at least used to do is perceived by¬†my girl as my profession. I can hear it now…

Friend – “What does your Dad do?”

Her – “He shops.”

Guess I need to explain to her a little more what I’m up to in life and why I have created the flexible schedule I have. It’s for my passions, starting with caring for her. Not sure what you call that profession, but that’s what I am.

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Forget and Remember (Love)

This afternoon my girl and I had an exchange where I got upset with her for trying to wear plastic princess shoes to the grocery store again, and she got upset with for being upset! We were both out of our best for ten minutes. Out shopping an hour later, I discussed it with her.

Her – “I forgot about loving. Sorry, Daddy.”

My heart melted instantly at her sweet and poignant statement.

Me – “I …forgot, too, honey. Sorry.”

It could not be said more simply and profoundly. “I forgot about loving. Sorry.”

Later, I proudly brought up her comment again and added to it…

Me – “You know, we all forget about loving, at times; forget who we are.”

Her – “Yah, it’s okay.”

Me – “Then we can remember again, like the song I sing to you…”You are love, you are light.” Yah?”

Her – “Yah. Then we can remember.”