It’s funny how sometimes you learn the best lessons from a child. This happened for me about a month ago. I was with one of my best friends and we were traveling in a car with her grandchildren.
The three of them were snuggled in the back all cozied up and playing on their iPads. I had no idea that they were listening to our conversation. I should’ve known better! I raised two children, taught for 25 years and have nannied for several families. Children are always listening!
Anyway, the story goes like this...
We were driving in the neighborhood of an old mutual friend. I have no idea what’s going on in her life as we haven’t spoken in forever. I love her and had no intention of bashing her in anyway. She’s been single forever, raised a daughter all on her own(a wonderful daughter in fact!) Who is now married and has a baby of her own. I noticed she had two large vehicles, an SUV and a van, in her driveway. My friend said they both belonged to her. I casually questioned my friend,”Why on earth does she need two big vehicles when she’s only one driver?”
That’s when grandson number one piped in and said, “You know, Angela, people can do what they want! “
Wow!! I just got quiet. Which, if you know me, is a feat! I realized right then and there that it sounded like I was putting this friend down and he was right. People can do what they want.
I learned a few important things that day…
- Children are always listening.
- Be careful what you say. It could come out as a put down.
- People can do as they please!