My son James does everything with me. We clean together, watch movies together, play together, read together, and half the time we sleep together. He’s always been on the clingy side, even when he was really little. Now I’m not going to say it’s been easy, because it hasn’t been. I started out washing dishes with one hand when he was a baby, and now he stands on a chair next to me. While I’m washing the dishes he ‘helps’ by throwing in everything he can get his hands on, whether it’s dirty or not. But as he is getting older I can see how much he is learning, just by being glued to me all the time. In the last few weeks he has astonished me with what he knows, just by watching.
- He knows that you sweep dirt into a dust pan and then empty it in the trash can.
- He knows you talk into cell phones, brush your hair with a brush, use cue-tips to clean ears, and you blow your nose on a Kleenex.
- He knows how to turn on the vacuum and use the wand. He even knows the places around the living room that I use the wand on.
- He knows how to clean out the kitchen sink plug by beating it against the side of the trash can! (Seriously, I watched him take the plug out of the sink, climb down off the chair, walk to the trash can and beat it on the inside to clean it. Then he brought it back to me!!)
- He knows that garlic cloves go into the press.
At the rate he is going he’ll be a great cook and an excellent house cleaner in just a few years. But what else is he learning, just by watching? Is he watching when I get upset because something didn’t go my way? Is he watching when I raise my voice against something I don’t like? Is he watching me when I talk to other people? A safe guess would be yes. It has made me see how much of a role model I am and how my life can greatly affect his. I hope he also is watching when I say a quick prayer, or when I’m reading my Bible. What things am I valuing that maybe I shouldn’t, because he just might be watching?
It’s kind of weird to think of being inspired to live a better, more godly life by a one year old. But on the other hand, this is the generation we are going to leave this world to. So if the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world, then I better make sure I’m rocking in a gentle, godly way.