I’ve been trying to instill in the kids more of a servant mentality. And by that I mean the other afternoon I said
“Hey guys, you know what is the best thing you can say to anybody? It’s ‘what can I do to help you?‘ “
I talked to them about how everyone loves to be asked that question, and how it’s really what Jesus is calling us to do as Christians… help each other.
We went back and forth asking one another “what can I do to help you?” and it seemed to be that the lesson was learned.
Fast forward to that evening, and I was crawling around the living room floor gathering up legos, strewn story books, random sippy cups and laundry in a frantic clean-up-before-bedtime scramble.
As I stuffed puzzle pieces into their places, and re fluffed pillows for the couch, Chubs sauntered into the living room and lingered by the fireplace.
“Mom?” he asked with one hand near the bottom of his chin, “What can I do” his pointer finger began to slide up his nostril “to help you?”
My heart went from elation to shock as I watched him snag a booger and wipe it affectionately on my mantle just as he completed his offer of help.
He stared at me with his big, brown, doe eyes, truly offering his assistance out of the bottom of his heart.
I stared at him with my mouth hanging open in utter dismay as to how the whole scenario could have been more ironic.
This is also the same child who weeks earlier, as I was chatting with some friends, walked up to me in mid-conversation and pried open my fingers, placed his booger in my hand and walked away. Completely and genuinely oblivious to how unappreciated his random acts of kindness are.
So needless to say, I informed my son he could help me by starting with that booger, and cleaning it off the mantle. to which he replied
“Ew, Mom. That’s gwoss”
God sure knows how to keep me humble. Just when I think we’re turning a corner here I get to delightfully encounter a moment with my child that smacks me in the face with reality.
Apparently helping hands that have boogers on them are not as commonly appreciated as you would think. Next up on our agenda is learning about hygiene!