We all long to know
we are worthy of belonging.
To have connection.
To be accepted for who we are.
To be loved.
When my boys were in high school,
one played guitar on the worship team.
The other took up acting.
Every time one of them was on a platform,
you can bet I was front and center.
I had my eyes locked on him until
he did something clever or
performed some especially challenging feat,
at which point,
I would turn to the person on my left,
elbow them to get their attention,
point at the stage and exclaim,
“See that one in the blue shirt?
That one’s mine.
Isn’t he wonderful?”
Then, I’d turn to the person behind me
“Did you see that?
Did you notice how brilliant that boy is?
He belongs to me.”
it didn’t matter what they were doing.
On the stage or loafing on the sofa,
showing off or crashing the car,
my eyes are always on my boys,
They weren’t perfect.
They aren’t perfect.
Sometimes, they weren’t even very good.
Their performance never affected
the way I love my children.
I love them because they belong to me.
They are part of me.