We are not rich. There are a number of times that we prioritize what to pay first, even disregard those that can wait, and most often set aside our own needs just so to provide for the boys.
It’s only husband who works for the family while I am left at home to look after the three boys and now our new born baby. Aside from the daily cleaning and cooking, I am also in charge of the weekly marketing and helping the boys with their school works. Husband helps with the ironing of clothes. Getting the services of a house help will surely add up to our expenses, thus we do the cleaning ourselves. Even the boys share some household responsibilities. I know they would want to complain sometimes, wondering why they need to work at home while their classmates could play COC all day on weekends. But because they are courteous and responsible, they would rather keep to themselves their displeasure or perhaps, even resentment.
Last Friday, my boys got home from school. My second son appeared to be heartbroken. Then he approached me. In his most sincere and sorrowful voice, he told me he unintentionally broke his eyeglasses. It broke right in the middle on the little nose bridge part and he put some scotch tape to bring the two pieces together.
I would want to be angry with him, but he must have suffered enough– even condemned himself — that I chose not to chastise him.
Then I texted husband. Perhaps, I would want to let go of the frustration I felt.
Husband took everything calmly. I, too, preferred to be the understanding and forgiving mother that moment expects. The damage has been done and nothing we can do to unwind everything.
Our life’s riches
We aren’t rich. We cannot buy every wants and sometimes even some needs. We schedule bills payment, even family diners. We seldom have family getaways.
But we see the importance of family… of what understanding, love, and acceptance can do to our boys that money cannot in no way buy.
I guess our riches- as of now- are our boys. They are very understanding and hardworking, enough to enjoy life and be grateful to the Lord.
How about you, what are your life’s riches?