No this isn’t a private blog just for the Hirn friends and family. It’s an observation. A simple sentence: Family matters. A subject and a verb.
But there are times for every mom when running away sounds like a good option. “Me time” some mothers call it. But it’s difficult for mom’s to actually find “me time” ever. One day you will take that vacation or long lunch, read that novel, and take that bubble bath. The fact remains: family matters.
Lately I’ve become painfully aware that my 2 teens and pre-teen boy are finding it less comfortable to have their mom close by. And by ‘less comfortable’ I am going by the looks on their faces when I tell them that I will be in the front row cheering for their achievements, competitions and awards. Their mom is not timid. She has a vicious whistle that has blown eardrums from Alex City to Hong Kong. She is an entire cheering section by herself. But she wants to be present. Because family matters.
Gone are the days of hand holding.
And cramming together in a tuk tuk may be beneath a teenagers level of ‘cool.’ But I still believe the family that plays together, stays together. And we have had and still do have plenty of practice.
Family matters. So regardless of what your kids say, as they beg you not to join them, hang close. And for heaven’s sake: get the uncomfortable moments in a photo or a video. The moment of embarrassment is a lifetime of pleasure!