Children are often listening and observing when you least expect it. They take in things, make their own conclusions and opinions about things surrounding them at home, church, school…and sometimes they say or do things that simply surprise you.
And sometimes, they do things that simply make you smile as a parent. Like when much younger brother and teenage sister are actually having a conversation together and not arguing. Or, on Christmas morning, when you open a gift out of your stocking from your 11 year-old son to find this:
A mini Lego person. Now, my son loves Legos as many boys his age do. I had been talking with him about making Christmas gifts instead of buying them and had suggested he make gifts from Legos. But, when I first looked at this little Lego lady, I wasn’t quite sure what I was supposed to think. Then, he announced: “It’s a mini you! See the brown ponytail? And the banana and fish?”
And then, I had to smile. Yep, that’s me. Brown ponytail (always once I’m home from work). Bananas…my absolute favorite food. Fish…yep, love it even though it’s not a favorite with the rest of my clan.
Could it be that simple? Can it be that simple? I have spent a lot of time, energy, and money not to mention worry over food related issues. It has taken time to research my food issues and special diets I have been on as well as endless hours in the kitchen preparing food for the week. But, do I make things more complicated than they need to be?
Yes, life is more complex than a Lego miniature person, a plastic banana, and a plastic fish, but as adults, we tend to make things more complicated than they need to be. In my case, I probably do this a lot more than I need to.
So, through the eyes of my 11 year-old son, I will be reminded to focus on whole foods, to spend time in the kitchen with him, and remember to relax, hair in a ponytail, and laugh more.
I will face 2015 with confidence and determination. I will not let my food issues get the best of me. I will use this blog to connect with others and share in life’s struggles as they relate to food allergies, intolerances, and annoyances! I will not complicate life so much…I will simplify more! And, I will remember that the God who created me, food issues and all, loves me simply for being me.