I wasn’t really sure if I should narrate or write about this incident on social media platform. Then I thought why I shouldn’t? It is indeed something that we all should learn from. We as parents often spend most of our time teaching our children, the right values, the right manners and a list of many right things that is too long to list here. We are so engrossed teaching them things that we forget that they also have a thing or two to teach us. Things which implemented will make our lives a tad bit easier.
With the three day weekend coming up and my forever pile of workload, it was pleasant surprise to receive an invite to my toddler’s friend’s birthday party. A friend he often mentions in his conversations about school. It seemed like my level of excitement was more than his and since the party was on a weekend, I was sure I’d get him to the party. I even called the dear friend’s mom to thank her for the invite.
Our bedtime chores are very different to the usual toddler routines. Yes we do have story-time as one of our prime tasks but we also have a task, to find a new toy to take to bed every day. It is through one of these, “barging through the treasure trove” sessions, I found the birthday invite and I realized, I had forgotten to attend the party!!
I immediately apologized to my child and before I knew it, I was in tears. Then the most compassionate thing happened, my little love immediately hugged me and said it was ok for us to not attend the party. He even went on telling me, that we could always attend the party on another birthday of his friend, which would come another year.
My heart was chockfull of love and adoration, mixed with adulation too, towards my 4 year old to whom forgiving someone’s mistake, forgetfulness came so easily. Besides being forgiving he was also hopeful that he would get to attend the birthday another year. The optimism also came to him so naturally, even though he didn’t know what it meant.
They say, “Time is the best teacher”. It indeed is! I’d also say children are the best teachers. Their innocence and virtuousness will leave you with lessons of a lifetime.
The reason this post is on my blog today is because I know with time I will grow old and may forget this incident as well but I will still have this post as a beautiful memory that will stay etched in my heart forever.