This reminds me of the many concerns I have throughout the day, mostly about my sons' safety. People ask me, "Where do you want them to go to school? Has Vito learned the alphabet? Do you feed him organic food?" and stuff like that. To be utterly honest, I don't even think about stuff like that. All we're concerned about is safety. Are the windows locked? Are the security gates locked? Are the bathroom doors closed? Is someone watching the boys at all times? Is there a sick child in the playground and if yes, keep the boys away from that kid! Vince gets really angry whenever I leave scissors around (I always forget to put them away). That's just how parenting is: constant vigilance!
As parents, we know we have to stand back, stand aside, let them go, let them fall, let them pick themselves up. And yet the cruel irony there is, as parents, we don't ever want to stand back, stand aside, let them go, let them fall, let them pick themselves up. But that we must do.
I have a simple prayer that I intone nearly every day. Well, there's my prayer of thanks. Then there's my prayer of protection.
Dear Father in heaven, I know You love my children more than I ever could. And so I know You will grant this prayer. Please keep Vito and Iñigo safe from harm. Protect them from accidents. Protect them from themselves, from others who may harm them, even from us if we should be impatient and angry. Keep their bodies strong so that no sickness will afflict them. Cover them in the blood of Your Son, Jesus, so that they will be invisible to evil. Let Your angels watch over them. And may they always feel Your presence and goodness so that even when Vince and I are not around, they will feel safe and hidden away. Amen.Parenting is a difficult job only because of the constant vigilance. We're always haunted by the fear that the one time we look away, the one second we step out of the room, the one time we take that exhausted nap or go out with the hubby or our friends, that's the time something bad will happen. Obviously, we can't live like this or else we'd all die from the stress. So we have to give up control to Someone who is all sovereign and all powerful. Because while it is true that iba mag-alaga ang ina, wala pa ring tatalo sa alaga ng Ama. God bless us mommies!