Gosh, life gets so busy sometimes. It’s a good kind of busy but it’s taking my time nonetheless. I’m looking forward to the day when I can move from what has to be done to what I want to do. Is there such a day?
Time to finish my thoughts on sending packages. Mostly they center around gratitude. When we receive something in the mail, I’m sure our first thoughts are to thank the sender. But life just somehow gets in the way despite our best intentions.
I mentioned in my last post that my littles used to get a lot of packages from their grandma. They did outgrow the desire for candy-filled packages, but I also wonder if grandma got burned out from sending packages with no gratitude in return. My fault – I got busy. I had good intentions and I was grateful for her kind attention to my children. It’s just that there were five of them and my husband was gone on business and it was … a lot.
So many thank you cards bought but not sent. Cute notes made by the children that I never got around to mailing. Phone calls that should have been placed but instead I put the kids to bed early so I could get those clothes washed or the dishwasher unloaded.
I’ve heard mothers and mothers-in-law commenting that they “never get a thank-you” when they send gifts. Well, grandmas, I don’t think those children are ungrateful – I just think they’re moms are darn busy and you’ve forgotten what that’s like.
It’s hard being a mom. It’s exhausting. You’re lucky to put a meal other than chicken nuggets on the table let alone pen another thank-you card.
Those daughters and daughters-in-law are not ungrateful but they kind of get a bad rap sometimes. They’re trying hard. Many of them have to work full-time and then come home and work full-time some more.
So let’s lay off the gratitude guilt. Be grateful that they are spending the time reading bedtime stories to your littles and maybe even taking a little rejuvenation time for themselves. They’re grateful. They know you’ve spent time and money. They appreciate it. They’ll show you that gratitude as they lovingly care for your littles – for every waking moment of their day.