Every mom of boys hopes she can teach her sons to notice the strengths of others. She also hopes that somehow she can teach her sons to offer sweet, sincere, heart-felt compliments. Think about it, if I can accomplish that one little thing my daughters-in-law will love me, birds will sing, fairies will dance in the moonlight and world peace will abound.
Sadly this is not as easy as it sounds. Boys are just so honest. And somewhat oblivious. "Wow! Your butt is Huge! What the heck happened to it?" Is so easily misunderstood. True Story!
Sunday at church I think we saw a little progress though. #5 is 9 years old and really loves music. He sat on the edge of the bench listening intently as a mother and daughter with beautifully trained and practiced vocal skills sang, Come Thou Font of Every Blessing. Half-way through the song he turned to me eyes shining and said loudly, "How the freak did they get their voices to sound like that?" He turned back and listened some more. "Mom, I've heard them both talk and wow, who knew they could sing this way?" The song ended, "That was incredible!"
I have known this family since forever so I shared the compliment with the Mom. "I think that is the best compliment I have ever received" she said!
Freakin' world peace can't be far behind.