Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Because It's Election Day...


I distinctly remember a time I overheard Lilly playing with her dolls.  She was three-years-old and just discovering the wonders of "pretend play."  I could hear her tiny voice--quiet and sweet--playing the parts of both the mommy doll and the daddy doll:

"Alright baby, it's time for your nap."

"Let's put you in your crib."

I peeked into her room and saw her gingerly lay the plastic, Fisher Price baby doll into her pink cradle.  She was playing with her dollhouse, and had set up all the accompanying furniture.  I watched as she positioned the mommy and daddy dolls around the kitchen table.  I couldn't resist; I had to ask:

"Lilly, what will the mommy and daddy do now that the baby is asleep?"

She paused for only a moment before replying:

"Now they will have peace!"


I can't begin to describe in words how big my smile was when she said that.  Nor could I accurately convey the love and lightness felt in my heart, that such a witty comment invoked.  I remember how I giggled and giggled for days afterward.

Beneath the endearing quality of this experience--and my daughter's brilliant response and charm--lies a substantial idea.  Our homes should be peaceful places.  This inspires a number of questions:

Are our homes safe havens for our children and family members?  Are they our sanctuaries in an otherwise frightening and tumultuous world?  Does peace reside there?  Are we striving to extinguish anger and avoid contention?

Barbara Bush, wife of former president George Bush, spoke to the graduates of Wellesley College.  In her speech she said, "Your success as a family, our success as a society, depends not on what happens in the White House but on what happens inside YOUR house."  What is happening inside your house?  Is peace happening?  Is kindness happening?  Is forgiveness happening?  Is love?

The election is an important cause--it gives rise to action, it is what makes democracy great.  We are blessed to be able to cast our ballots.  But while I'm voting today, I'm going to remember that the most important cause of my lifetime is protecting the home.

The most important cause of my lifetime is my family.

                 

36 comments:

  1. such an awesome, beautiful post!! lilly is so smart and so aware - i can just imagine how adorable it was to peek in on her during such a sweet moment!! i love the photos in this post -especially that first one of you two.
    meeting you and your family has been such a blessing in my life - i admire you all so much! <3<3<3
    i love you!!!
    maria

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    1. Thank you so much, Maria. My little Lilly is a smart cookie! Too smart for her own good sometimes. I admire you so much too! And you know I love you!

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    1. Thank you so much, Kristiina! Thanks for reading!

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    1. Carrian! Hey, Sugar! Thanks a whole bunch!

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    1. Thank you, reccewife! You've always been so supportive!

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  5. What a sweet memory to have of your little girl! Thanks for linking up at Making a Home - Homemaking Linky.

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    1. I LOVE linking up! Thank you for stopping by, Linda, and for the nice comment.

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  6. What a beautiful post. Love it. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you SO much, Robin. I appreciate the kind words!

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  7. I love this post! You are an amazing writer and though provoker :)

    Happy WW!
    Paula
    lifeasweknowitbypaula.blogspot.com

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    1. Paula, Paula, Paula! Oh my goodness, thank you SO very much! Such a wonderful compliment. I want you to know how much I appreciate it!

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  8. lovely post! I like Barbara Bushes sentiments too!

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    1. Thanks, Annmarie! I appreciate the comment!

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  9. You have a beautiful family! Great pics!

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    1. DIANA!! Hi, Honey! THANK YOU SO SO SO SO MUCH!

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    1. Aw, thanks a bunch, busyworkingmama! SO sweet!

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  11. Lovely photos and post! Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Thank YOU for visiting, Charlotte! You're the best!

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  12. Really lovely post! thank you for sharing. Happy Wednesday!

    Mindy~

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    1. Thank you, Mindy! I appreciate that and am glad you stopped by!

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  13. Beautiful pictures to go with a beautiful post!! Thank you for such a wonderful reminder.

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    1. Evelyn, you're a sweetheart! Thank you so much for the nice words and for stopping by!

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  14. OMGoodness....this should be in a newspaper...great post. What a journalistic article. Great article and I so agree....our homes need to be safe for our families and that is where success should begin. = )

    Following you from Jays hop but...aren't you one of Maria's girlfriends from Every Day is a Country Song...Love that gal...she is so inspiring.

    Irish
    Dedicated2Life.com

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  15. What a great post, very true words, which is something I thought about. That is a great quote from Mrs. Bush.

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  16. That is one of my favorite quotes now that I am a mother, and I have come to take the responsibility seriously.

    Thank you for linking up at Motherhood Moments!

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  17. Ha ha..I just love her answer!

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  18. Beautiful. So very true. I loved this, your questions, your thoughts, the way you got us all thinking...I absolutely agree with you that peace should reside in our homes, it should be a safe sanctuary for our children.

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