OK, Busy Parents of America – it’s time to fess up and admit we sometimes need help!
I did it last week. And I had several reasons why I felt I could ask for it.
Last weekend our daughter had an orchestra concert – in 3 different towns nearby – on Friday and Saturday nights, and Sunday afternoon. Taking our daughter to this 3-performance-event was not going to work for our family, so I divided the concerts up between friends who were willing to help us out.
Between friends? Just any ol’ friends, you might ask?
Two different couples, who’ve enjoyed spending time with our kids for many years, agreed to take Abby to the first two performances. Each couple came to pick her up early, dressed and ready for a “night out.” They took Abby to dinner, they got her to each destination at the appropriate call time - sat with her, watched her perform, and waited for her.
Then each night after the concert, our girl got her favorite treat – a Blizzard at Dairy Queen! A Blizzard- lover’s dream!
Yes, Abby is a Blizzard-loving girl, but she has also come to appreciate our older friends who invest time into her. Each couple is unique and offers a different flavor to our lives.
They do things for our kids that spell out L O V E.
I’ve learned to share my kids with others! When schedules get tight, I’ve learned to ask for help when we need it. And what I have found is that there are willing hands to give back to our family. Hearts that know and love hospitality – they’ve practiced it their whole lives – and who are willing to jump in and be there for us. They are willing to take their hospitality with them wherever they go.
Are you an empty nester, or maybe a person who has a little bit of extra time on your hands? Do you look around for the needs of others, or do you stay in your own little circle, never reaching out?
I’m a testimony waiting for the world to hear.
Young couples and busy parents in today’s generation are crying out for older people who can pitch in and help. Because not only does it occasionally relieve the parents, but in turn, our kids get to spend time with older and wiser people, other than mom and dad!
They give, and we receive - and then we pass the hospitable spirit on to others.
Do you have older, wiser, willing people in your lives?