“Can you come sit with us on the swings and talk?” my ten-year-old daughter asked last evening.
There were still dirty supper dishes in the sink, stacks of books that needed to be put away, and a blog post to be written.
But I abandoned it all for just a few minutes to sit on the swings in the backyard.
Not much talking took place, actually; both girls showed me how they could hang upside down and discussed between themselves plans to eat their bedtime snack outside. Yet I’m glad I joined them.
After all, isn’t time the most important thing we have to give? No matter how often I remind myself of that, it is still difficult to pull myself away from the tasks at hand to give attention when our children ask for it. Now that they’re older, it’s easier to put them off for a little while or give the impression that I’m too busy to be bothered.
Whenever they want to talk, though, I must be available – whether we actually exchange words or not. Which means that today I’ll remind myself once again to spend my time doing what is truly valuable.