Placed Plungers and Greasy Hair
I had a mother of a preschooler in my office
this week. In the middle of our conversation
her son anxiously announced that he needed to
use the "potty". The mother directed
her son to the restroom just outside my door
and we continued with our relatively serious
discussion. After a few minutes, the young boy
walked back into my office and enthusiastically
declared, "The plunger sticks to the wall!"
Stunned, the mother and I looked at one another
for a moment without saying a word. As the child's
statement sunk in, I tried desperately to stifle
a laugh. The mother looked at me sheepishly.
I couldn't maintain my composure another second.
I laid my face down on my desk and burst into
My son turned fifteen recently. I spent the
entire day reflecting on precious memories of
similarly embarrassing, but equally hilarious
moments. When my son was about three, we invited
friends over who had a daughter about his age.
I was horrified to find that while the adults
were conversing in the living room, our rather
adventurous son and the agreeable girl emptied
an entire jumbo sized jar of petroleum jelly
on their heads in an attempt to make their hair
Another time, our little entrepreneur gathered
acorns from the Oak tree in our front yard,
and then unbeknownst to me went door to door
selling them to nearby residents for three cents
each. Remarkably, our light hearted and amazingly
patient neighbors bought every acorn those pudgy
little hands could carry! I know the sheepish
look of that young mother all too well.
The psalmist wrote, Children are a gift
from the Lord; they are a reward from him (Ps.
As every mother knows, parenting young children
can be exhausting and frustrating at times.
How I wish I'd known how much I would treasure
the memories of my son's antics. It's amazing
how quickly Big Wheels are exchanged for automobiles,
and nursery rhymes swapped for pop music.
If you have small children, thank God for His
gift every single day. Relish the hugs, delight
in the kisses, and laugh at oddly placed plungers
and greasy hair. They are evidence of your reward!
Mindy writes Bible studies
and speaks to women's groups with messages of
encouragement and hope. She served on staff
at Cy-Fair Christian Church as Director of Curriculum
Development for three years and is the founder
of Fruitful Word Ministries. Mindy lives in
Houston, Texas with her husband and two children.