Monday, May 29, 2006

watching rowan & remembering others

Sometimes I feel guilty for just sitting and watching Rowan. He's eating or playing or his dad is giving him a bath, and I stop whatever I'm doing and absorb myself in observing him. Why do I feel guilty for spending time watching my child? I think a lot of it has to do with our culture's and my own "go, go, go" mentality. Watching my son grow and learn is the last thing I should be feeling guilty for. He has so much to teach me.

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Every Memorial Day, Brandon and I wonder how we can best honor those for whom Memorial Day was created. We're just never quite sure what to do. Display our flag? Attend a parade? Watch a war film? Whatever we do or say, our appreciation cannot measure up to the sacrifices that have been made by servicepeople and their families.

Today we prayed. Rowan spontaneously grabbed Brandon's hand, then mine, bowed his head and said "Pway!" That's the first time he's ever initiated a prayer, so we took hold of the moment and talked to God on behalf of our military and their families.

Thanks to all of you who have served our country in life and in death.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Adam Hogan said...

On Friday, my coworker found out that two of his grandson's closest friends, all stationed in Iraq, were killed and that his grandson barely escaped death during the incidnet. My coworker's name is Jim, and he has been quite worried about his grandson. Needless to say, this news did not help matters. I would ask that you would keep Jim and his grandson, as well as the others fighting in Iraq, in your prayers.
Peace,
Adam Hogan

7:48 AM  
Anonymous Adam Hogan said...

On another note, I saw an ad for a movie about the twin towers, due out this summer. I suppose any thoughts on this may have already been reflected in the "United 93" post.
BTW, United 93 is already made its way to the budget cinemas!

7:53 AM  
Blogger Tony Arnold said...

I would say you are doing it all the right way: the way you cherish your child and time with him, how you honor service men, and how you dealt with Rowan's response.

Wonderful and beautiful.

One motto of mind is, "when in doubt, pray."

Tony

9:47 AM  
Blogger erinlo said...

Jana- What a testament to you and Brandon's parenting that your child is already initiating prayer! That is so cool. My kids are only a little older than yours so I feel like an old woman saying this but- cherish this time with Rowan!!! Watch him- memorize him- appreciate him- because he's only like that for today. Tomorrow, he'll be different and he'll be bigger and you'll wonder, "What happened to my baby??"

11:01 AM  
Blogger jake said...

Awesome...that is exactly what you should do - and what may make those who have given their lives smile...knowing that the little guys in this country have the freedom to be with their parents and pray.

8:53 PM  

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