When I sold my business to stay at home, I figured – if I was the CEO of my company, I’d call myself the CEO of my household. Hey, I run this ship, right?
But kids don’t care what titles you hold, who you know, or what you do for a living . . . When they’re little, it’s all about what THEY want. I notice, each time I go to the bathroom to pee or even take a quick bubble bath, it must set off a silent alarm somewhere in the house. As soon as the bathroom door closes, the kids come running. It doesn’t matter if they’re watching a movie, playing in the backyard or riding bikes on the cul de sac. As soon as I close the door to the bathroom, it becomes someone’s duty to knock, I mean – bang, cry, shove notes underneath or plead urgently for food.
In the minute it took me to pee, one of the kids colored their tennis shoes with a blue highlighter. Why did you do that, Johnny? Well, I was trying to tell you I couldn’t find paper and you weren’t listening.” Yes, it’s because I was IN the bathroom.”
I can hide in the closet to eat a rice crispy treat, (because it’s the last one – and frankly, I don’t wanna share) and what happens? They come running. It’s like they were born with dog ears, that can only hear high pitched sounds, like cookie wrappers and bathroom doors closing.
I can say: Clean your room – And what do I hear? Nothing, but cricket sounds. But you go to the back yard to sneak a piece of chocolate and they’re hunting you down like a heat seeking missile. If I holler for the boys to clean their room, they can’t hear me. If I call their name with a high pitched voice, they’ll come running; it’s like a horn blowing for a cattle call.
Like Bert is to Ernie, and Ying is to Yang, so it is with our children – doors close, they knock. Wrappers rattle, ears perk up. That’s what kids do. It comes with the territory.
Just as death and taxes will always be with us, so will little hands knocking on doors and pint-sized sniffers smelling chocolate, after they’ve gone to bed. Embrace the little-ness while it lasts. One day, you’ll get to pee in peace, eat that last cookie in broad day light and be a respected CEO, once again. But until then . . . embrace it ALL. They are your little sniffers and door knockers. And we wouldn’t trade it for the world.
Galatians 6:9 “And let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we shall reap a harvest, if we do not lose heart.”