+Jeanne Takenaka @JeanneTakenaka
Our Five Minute Friday prompt this week is—DISCOVER. This largely unedited “rough draft” form of writing stretches this perfectionist, in the best of ways. We write for five minutes on a given word. If you’re interested in learning more about 5-Minute Fridays, check out the Five Minute Friday website. Or, click on the link at the bottom of this post. As you read my simpler Friday posts, I hope you’ll join in the conversation!
His eyes had held the look all night. That expression saying something was on his mind, but he wasn’t sure if he should talk about it. Maybe all teens wear that expression. I know mine do.
Whenever I’m invited into the inner sanctum (a.k.a. his room), I try to say yes. That night, he asked me to walk to his room with him before he went to bed. What followed was an amazing conversation of questions, reassurances, honest sharing. I closed his door over an hour later, my heart full.
I’ve prayed for years that during these most trying years we would still connect with our sons.
Friends are so important to both of our boys.
Being accepted by their peers. All of these things often seem to take priority in our boys’ hearts.
That night, though, I discovered something. My boys? They still want me in their inner circle.
I think this is true with most—if not all—teens, even when they seem to push us away.
No, we don’t talk as much as we used to. But the beauty is, when I take time to just listen as they express their fears, their thoughts, their joys, their secret desires?
That’s a gift.
Nothing can replace knowing that they will share their confidences with me.
I know I’m just their mom. But, . . . I’m their mom.
Our boys don’t want to push us into the backseat on their life-car-ride. Well, not always anyway. They want us riding in the front seat with them. They don’t always want to hear our words, but they want our companionship. To be told we love them.
No matter what.
They want to know that we will always accept them. Be in their corner.
And we will.
The discovering comes when we are intentional and take time to listen. Not always to give them advice (and man, is this on hard sometimes!)
Often, they just want to know they are being heard.
I’m discovering the beauty God’s planted in each of them as I listen to their words.
So, the next time one of our boys invites me into his room? I’ll say yes. In a heartbeat. There’s nothing so precious as being a part of their inner circle.
What about you? What encourages you to invite someone into your inner circle? How do you foster relationship with those around you that goes below skin-deep?
I’m linking up with Five Minute Friday—Discover