2 months ago
This is so true! My dad used to start my car for me. It is the little things that make a person’s day!My 6-year-old left his library book at home.
I didn't have to bring it back to him—but I knew he wouldn’t be able to check out a book that day at school without it.
So, I hopped in the car, and delivered it to him.
Yes, I know he needs to learn about responsibilities and yes, I won’t always be there to help.
But I am now.
“Thanks, Mom,” he beamed when he saw me after school.
I didn’t have to vacuum my 15-year-old’s bedroom, she’s old enough to do it on her own. But I did it anyway. Because her days are filled with homework and sports and extracurricular activities, and this gave her more time to just be a kid.
“You vacuumed my room! Thank you!” she told me.
I didn’t have to watch a movie with my 13-year-old. It was already late. We were both exhausted from a week full of activities. But watching movies used to be our thing and life has been so busy lately, we simply haven’t had the time.
So that night when she asked me, I made time.
She didn’t tell me thank you, she didn’t have to. Her long goodnight hug said it all.
My dad didn’t have to start my car on those cold mornings before school, but he did it anyway. Even when I was grumpy. Even when I didn’t tell him thank you. Because he knew a warm car gave me a good start to my day. And I knew, a warm car also meant, “I love you.”
25 years later, when I start my cold car, I think of Dad and remember that love.
Friends, the holiday season is here. And I know sometimes we get caught up in all of it. We want to buy the fancy gifts to tell our loved ones how much they mean to us or we feel guilty if we can't buy much at all.
But I promise—the best gifts are found in those small moments. That's the stuff they will always remember.❤
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