I Loved You Enough . . .

Some day when my children are old enough to understand the logic that motivates a parent, I will tell them:

“I loved you enough . . . to ask where you were going, with whom, and what time you would be home.”

“I loved you enough . . . to insist that you save your money and buy a bike for yourself even though we could afford to buy one for you.”

“I loved you enough . . . to be silent and let you discover that your new best friend was a creep.”

“I loved you enough . . . to make you take a Milky Way back to the store(with a bite out of it) and tell the clerk, ‘I stole this yesterday and want to pay for it.'”

“I loved you enough . . . to stand over you for two hours while you cleaned your room, a job that would have taken 15 minutes.”

“I loved you enough . . . to let you see anger, disappointment and tears in my eyes. Children must learn that their parents aren’t perfect.”

“I loved you enough . . . to let you assume the responsibility for your actions even when the penalties were so harsh they almost broke my heart.”

“But most of all, I loved you enough . . . to say ‘no,’when I knew you would hate me for it. Those were the most difficult battles of all. I’m glad I won them, because in the end you won, too.”

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About JustMEinT Musings

I like writing, reading and expressing my opinions. I prefer natural health and healing to pharmaceutical drugs. Jesus Christ is my Lord and Saviour.
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3 Responses to I Loved You Enough . . .

  1. Frances says:

    I can relate to those, especially the shoplifting, my younger daughter dobbed in her older sister for going with a group of girls from school, to the local chemist shop, where the others distracted the chemist she was dared to steal something she didn’t have any use for. I took her back to shop to return it, and explain that she had stolen it. The chemist threatened to call the police. But she never stole anything again.

  2. Brenda says:

    Yep….I can totally relate to that one. I have enjoyed your other articles as well.
    Yesterday I thanked a father for having his wife take there belligerent son out to the car while he stayed to pay for their items. So many parents these days just make everyone suffer through the rantings of their spoiled children. I think he kind of felt good that I thanked him.
    Just like your article about telling children “no”. So many parents have such a hard time saying it to thier children because of the fit they have, making a scene in public.

  3. Ken says:

    So true and profound., and touching!
    Only when you become parent can you the understand these things.
    A very good post.
    Ken McM

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