STYLE 3 : You delight me
“Grandma, I hope your brain pops out and sits on top of your head. And in the morning it pops in again . . . so you don’t have bad dreams.” Pearson Thacker
“He will fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.” Job 8:21
Over the last 15 years I have kept a running record of my children’s funny comments, interesting anecdotes, conversations they had with relatives, (for example the “popped brains” quote above) stories and/or cartoons they made up, poems or scripture they memorized, and I even glued in some of their handmade cards. We love to pull this out and laugh again and again about all the crazy fun things we’ve captured between the pages of this simple composition book.
It creates a bonding laughter between me and my children. When I am with my children one on one, and carve out time to share their particular entries with them, it helps them to feel loved all over again as we relive this positive and fun experience. I notice, at times, it even builds positively into our relationship for the next day or two. This is evidenced by kinder words, more shared smiles, and even greater patience from both me and my child.
Find, or remember and share, something cute or fun from your child’s younger years. Perhaps old pictures, or videos, or memories of her as a baby. Let her see your delight in thinking about her.
If you can’t find, or think of much from the past that fits the cute or fun category, in place of this, you could admire one of your child’s drawings or stories. Be sure to relay your delight in her.
Tip: When your child shares his drawings with you, resist asking him what it is . . . instead, ask him to tell you about it.
Thank You Lord for laughter and delight. Help me to know, and experience deep in my spirit, that You delight and rejoice over me with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17) From this abundance, which only You can give, help me find creative ways to laugh along with, and delight in my child so we can increasingly bring You honor and glory. Thank You for Your delight in me. Amen