Monday, February 13, 2012
I did some investigating. Sure enough, the cake did smell distinctly like Febreeze: Spring Renewal.
So I did some asking around. One son admitted to spraying Febreeze on the cake. "Why?" I asked.
"I wanted to make it smell good," he responded.
So glad I at least got that second piece of cake before I had to throw the rest of it away. Who knew you had to add "Don't spray Febreeze on the food" to the list of manners you're trying to teach your kids?
But what I want to add on here is--
The very next question my son asked was, "Are you mad at me?"
This was an instant heart check to me, because yes, in fact, I was kind of mad. I realized, then, though, that how I responded to him would make all the difference. I can make another cake. It wasn't that hard, after all. Besides, all that coconut grating is good for my upper arms. What I can't replace is my son's heart.
As one of our friends says, "Do no harm."
This Valentine's Day, may we remember to always hold our children's hearts carefully--even as we correct--and fill their hearts with the security of our love, even if they spray Febreeze on our food.