I think so often I am on a schedule. I have so many things to do with so little time to do it once the kids are awake. It seems that I am always moving, always going, and I often drop my daughter off at school without mentioning how much I love her. Usually she hears something like “be good,” or “please remember to listen,” or “don’t forget to get your work done.” And if I remember, I sneak a little “love you” in as she is hopping out of the car.
But is this really want I want my children to hear as the last time they’ll see me for a while? Should my last words really be reminders to behave and do what you’re supposed to instead of reminding them of how much I love them?
And if there’s one thing I know, it’s that I love my children more than anything. I would do absolutely anything for them. I hope that someday they will see that in all of the things I have done for them, all of the things I have sacrificed for them, all of the time I put into making sure they are happy.
But as they are young and can’t appreciate the time and effort yet, I will let them know I love them by taking the time to say “I love you” more often. It won’t just be before they leave the house, before school, or before bed. It will be when they first wake up, when they are eating their meal, when they’re playing, and any other time during the day. I want them to know I love them. I want them to never have any doubts.