Valentines Day is just around the corner, and with it I am realizing my three year old has no concept of days or weeks. We are working on days of the week and months, but time is still so abstract. He likes to tell us what he thinks he wants to be for Halloween often. When we try to explain all the time between us and Halloween he just sort of zones out. To him Halloween is as soon as tomorrow, and far away as forever, simultaneously. He is learning. Currently my focus is on Valentine’s Day and how to model the love it is about towards my children and everyone else around me.
Something I have observed from my two is that loving people comes easy for them. The youngest is only 8 months, but he gives smiles and giggles freely. The older one is always okay with me giving away his toys, something I try to use as a threat that just doesn’t work with him. He’s fine with all his toys finding new homes because other kids might like them.
Personally I feel myself not loving others so freely because I can hide behind a mask in the store, and the rest of the time I am at home with my children. Truthfully I enjoy wearing a mask for the ability it gives me to hide in plain site. Sometimes being home I have no concept of time just like my three year old. Sometimes I don’t know what day of the week it is.
As I look forward to February 14th, and the lesson I will teach my children about the day; I come to the verse “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” John 13:34. As we continue trekking through 2021, whether we have a good concept of the day or month or even year it is with all the crazy around us- remember to love.