Saturday, April 1, 2017

Writing Prompt Saturday - Children Are the World

In light of a few things that my little family has had to face lately, I have been reflecting on all that my four little beauties have had to endure.

The last five years have been a huge roller coaster, to say the least, filled with huge loop-de-loops that all of us have had to hold on tight to get past.

I have always tried the best I could to do everything I am humanly capable of to give my children what they need to grow up strong, happy and secure. Sure, we've had to face some very tough times, but we've always had each other to turn to and lean on.

There are many different definitions of family, and we don't have to be blood-related in order to feel a sense of family. However, families don't hurt each other, stab each other in the back, yell at one another, or ever make the children involved feel unsafe or upset.

I grew up in an environment like that and I swore if God allowed me to have a child (and I wasn't supposed to have any, never mind miraculously having been able to have four), I'd never allow them to feel as scared, lonely, worthless or untrusting as I did. I swore I'd protect them from seeing, hearing or experiencing the things I did. All children are owed that.

I often feel that I haven't lived up to my end of the bargain, especially lately, as many moms do from time to time. Then one of my beautiful gifts will come up to me out of the blue and say, "Mom? You are the greatest. Thanks for being my mom."

Today's prompt, whether you are a parent or not, is to write about your sense of family. Mine is revolved around my children, but yours could be something just as special.

Enjoy, and happy writing.

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