Yesterday, I had the opportunity to visit with my daughter’s kindergarden class. I got to ask the kids some questions about their moms and record their responses. As you can imagine some of the responses were quite entertaining.
How old is your mom?
That’s tricky. 5 is too young. 100 is too old. Maybe she’s 68?
American Idol. It’s on every Tuesday.
The Biggest Loser.
What would you give your mom if you could give her anything in the world?
I’d give her 10 million 860 kisses, 2 hugs, 5 roses, and 3 tulips.
The girl asked if she could write it down…sure. She began writing. FLU… and paused. You want to give your mom the flu? No! How do you spell FLOWERS?
What’s your mom’s favorite food? Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and mac and cheese.
Same girl: What is your mom’s favorite thing to do? Cook. (I’m thinking not so much if she’s making her favorite foods.)
What is your mom’s favorite thing to do?
Catch frogs and toads in the garden and by the window well.
Like kids, we often project what WE like to do best on others. When we do, it can cause relationship issues. Even if we’re trying to be nice to someone in the way that we like to be treated, it’s like we can be speaking a different language that they don’t understand. I’ve written before about Dr. Gary Chapman’s great books that identify the five languages of love as: quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, and physical touch.
Maybe the book would make a good gift for mom’s day…if gifts are her love language. Otherwise, you might tell her how much you appreciate her, do something special for her, spend some quality time together, or just give her a hug. In any case, I’m sure one of the above would be appreciated.
Here are several of the “love language” books to help you understand and make use of these ideas: