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On Monday, when I went to pull FB back up again, my youngest walked by. He looked at the computer with mix of disappointment and loathing. “Oh. So are you back on FB?” He asked, looking so very unhappy.
I shut the computer.
Sometimes I forget. I forget how much they need me.
They want you, Mamma. They want your time and attention. They want you to play with them, to look them in the eye, to touch them and to talk to them. They crave your love and approval. They want you.
I know we’re gearing up for cookies and toys and parties. I know you are probably pushing the limits of your budget (as am I) to get that One Perfect Thing that will make their eyes light up on Christmas. And time! Lord, the limits of time… how will it ever get done?
But what a tragedy when I let The Busy or The Shopping or The Computer distract me from what my kids really want: a relationship with me.
Remember, please, stuff doesn’t make you happy. And it doesn’t make your kids happy either, no matter what the commercials promise. People. Love. That’s where it’s really at. And that takes time to build.
Twenty-five days. Twenty-five days to gear up for this holiday called Christmas. Twenty-five days to make memories and let your kids know you love them, and it has nothing to do with what ends up under the tree.
I vow not to open FB or Twitter or Amazon while my children are awake for the entire month of December. While I am with them, I am REALLY going to be with them.