Most mothers would agree that they learn much more from their little ones than they ever seem to teach—deep, heartfelt lessons about priorities, simplicity, and genuine altruism. This has certainly been a comforting truth to me over the past 25 years.
Recently, while delivering clean clothes to my young daughter’s room for the millionth time, I noticed a carefully crafted scene that stopped me in my hurried, detached tracks. As I perused the room, I noticed that all of my young daughter’s toys were carefully poised and positioned, caring for one another.
Overcome with curiosity and wonder, I sat down on Elizabeth’s bed to take this all in—a perfect little world in my tender daughter’s personal domain. One doll was pushing another in a wheelchair; a big, soft bunny was hugging a small plush puppy; the horses were in a circle with their noses touching…it was just so endearing!
It made me smile to think of Heavenly Father watching us in our own personal spheres of influence—helping a friend in need here, or making a meal for our families there. And even though we now live in a less-than-perfect world, we’re actually a lot like my little Elizabeth—whether we realize it or not—because we’re continually encouraging peaceful, kind, compassionate conditions in our homes, our workplaces, and in our day to day encounters with others.
One Valentine’s Day, my cute Elizabeth wanted to prepare a homemade treat for her school class. Now, her school strictly forbids any home-baked items, but my determined daughter was absolutely set on using her heart-shaped cookie cutters. So, after much discussion, we settled on Elizabeth bringing some heart-shaped cheese snacks and tasty crackers for her classmates to enjoy.
I went to the supermarket and purchased two varieties of yummy cheeses—all pre-sliced and easy to handle—and helped my excited daughter wash her cookie cutters, unwrap the cheese, and arrange her heart-shaped, miniature masterpieces on a fancy plate.
While volunteering in her classroom that day, Elizabeth leaned over to me and said, “Thanks, Mom, for helping me cut the cheese.”
And just in that moment, it felt so reassuring to have a heart like hers. 🙂