The saddest thing happened at work the other day. A mother came into the shop with her young son, maybe all of four years old. When they passed through the flower department, the boy ran to the gerbera daisies, a big smile on his little face.
“Look, Mom!” he said, all excited.
“Pretty,” she replied absently, not looking.
The little man took a big sniff of the flowers. “Mmm…”
At this point the mom swept by him, tugging on his coat. “Come on. I have to get a card, and we still have to get to the bank.”
The bright smile left the boy’s face. He looked confused and disappointed as he followed his mom. My heart hurt for both of them. The woman could have taken twenty seconds to kneel by her son and share a moment of beauty with him. Hold him close to her heart and smell the flowers with him.
She didn’t even see it. Caught up in the mad rush of life, she missed the simple, precious connection she could have made with him.
How many opportunities do we miss in our lives to just be ‘in the moment’ with our children? We all wish the world was a better place in which to live. Well, it can be, if we give our kids love and respect, and most importantly, the time to truly listen to them.