Childhood is a special time in the life of every human being. There are needs that are not covered by buying material objects.
The love of a mother
By late afternoon, they had gathered to shop. Mother and daughter walked slowly, looking at windows and seasonal offerings. Celeste knew that Frida dreamed of a new dress. But that month money was tight. “How much do you love your daughter?” Was the question I asked her in consultation. A silence penetrated the office. Was that a question for a mother who went out of her way for her children?
Frida looked at her disoriented.
“What do you say, Mom?”
“Nothing, it’s my business: that psychologist has me fed up.”
Celeste and took Frida by the arm to usher her into the fabric store. Frida’s eyes roved the fabrics while her hands, eager for textures, gave up on some and doubted others. When they got home, Celeste said to herself: “I’m going to show that psychologist how much I love my daughter,” as she went to the shed to dust off the sewing machine.
At night the dress was finished, she left it on the dresser in Frida’s bedroom, kissed her forehead, wrapped her around her, and gently closed the door. The next day Frida was jumping around the house fluttering with her dress; her shy girlish face wore the beauty of gratitude.
He ran to put the photo of the dress on social networks. With a short comment (“Mommy loves me like that”) and posted it on my wall. I smiled as soon as I saw it, I knew that question was still valid. And that Celeste’s depression was beginning to recede from her life.
Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved him. Perhaps Peter thought that Jesus had not risen quite right. What kind of question is that? Isn’t it natural for a father to love his children, for a religious leader to love his parishioners, for the grocer to love his customers, and for the undertaker to love bad news?
Love: a primary need of childhood
Childhood is a special time in the life of every human being. There are children of all styles and colors. There are those who lived it in shades of gray and full of deprivation, others in a thousand colors, but with Sunday loneliness after the parents’ divorce, some with shades of red and bits of hope, the least with a perfect completeness of father, mother and siblings. seniors with pets included.
Today’s children need the same thing as Adam and Eve’s: a kiss in the morning, a warm breakfast with the incentive of bread and butter while you are preparing their lunchbox, a family lunch on weekends, friends from time to time now and then after chores, a pet complicit in mischief, a gigantic chocolate cake every now and then, a warm bed on winter nights, and a goodnight kiss in all seasons. Your kids need to hear your voice when they get home, Daddy’s sure hand when crossing the street, and the invocation of God in prayers in a hurry before trying the homemade noodles and strawberry ice cream.
The increase in the number of prescriptions for ritalin, sertraline and other medications are the result of the absence of parents at home. Amazingly, when you make changes in your life to be with them, the prescriptions seem to be inaccurate except for extreme clinical cases.
Nights of sleep
The increase in teenage pregnancies, alcoholism, drugs and pornography, is associated with the nocturnal connection of childhood times. Night owls are more likely to be attracted to market offers, and tend to isolate themselves from family activities to stay connected all the time.
If you love your children, give them presence. It is cheap and gives amazing results.