Let me preface this by saying if you’re one of those families with teenagers who still hug and kiss you, tell you everything about their day, and openly admit to wanting to spend time with you – the following list probably won’t make sense to you.
What I’m about to share is a simple list of moments, realizations and events that make me think I may still possibly have a special place in the hearts of my beasts. So here goes… And keep in mind, the following are not regular occurrences, hence the reason they make me feel special.
Things my beasts do that make me feel loved:
- Respond to my text
- Put a napkin over their food so it doesn’t splatter all over the microwave
- Bring in the trashcan or recycle bin without being asked
- Takes out the trashcan or recycle bin without being asked
- Puts the toilet seat down (OK, this is rare to basically never, but a girl can dream)
- Shares a story from their day that is unsolicited
- Shares a story from their day that is solicited
- Responds to a question with more than a grunt
- Likes a pic I post on Instagram that doesn’t have his dog or self in it
- Invites me to load Trivia Crack so we can play against each other
- Opens a door for me (any door, anytime, any place – even if accidentally)
- Clears his place at dinner table without being asked (actually this is one thing they do well)
- Watches a TV show or movie with me (even if it’s about zombies, it’s still time together)
- Asks for help with anything
Wow. It feels good just to type this. If you’re tempted to feel sorry for me or find me pathetic — don’t!! Remember about 18 months ago I outsourced my emotional fulfillment and need to nurture by getting two puppies. So if I’m having an off day, waiting for a response to my texts while scrubbing out the microwave next to an overflowing trashcan, chances are I’ve got two baby puppies at my feet waiting for me to make them feel loved too.
Leviticus 26:11-12 — I will put my dwelling place among you, and I will not abhor you. I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people.
Parenting Tip: It may not be a picture-perfect relationship. We just have to be present and available when they’re looking for us.