Charley likes to help around the house and surprise his parents. Sometimes, things don’t work out so well, like when he spills water in the kitchen as he’s trying to make coffee, or uses the garden hose to fill the gas tank of the car. Sherry tells a few of these stories, then reflects on the gift that they really are:
He may clang the dishes and yell a few choice words when the silverware won’t fit in the drawer, and he may set the table with china at wee hours, but so what? While most kids his age are worrying about collecting name-brand clothes, applying for college, enlisting in the military, and getting jobs, here’s our son, setting the table, making the coffee, gassing up the car, doing the best job he knows how, trying to please us.
And isn’t that the biggest “pwise” of all?
It is our job to love him just as he is.
It is his job to be Charley. Pp. 139-140
Does your child try to help around the house? What’s your favorite mishap story? Have you ever thought about how lucky we are to have that kind of innocence in our lives?