Never thought I’d look forward to doing laundry….but nowadays, when I have lots of laundry, it means at least one of our sons is home from college! As I was sorting the piles the other day, I thought, “This is actually a love language gesture from me to them.” I love doing this for them (now). Usually, I find new, inherited, or recycled clothing items so I ask for the story behind each. (There is always a story!) Even some stains have interesting stories behind them!
I was curious, so I asked…
Now Terrell is a rising senior and Ellison is a rising junior in college. What’s funny is that now when I’m sorting their laundry, they’ll either pick up a shirt and tell me about the event it represented or ask, “Have you come across my new Goodwill shirt?” and share the story behind it – and, of course, the price. (Yes, they like to shop there.)
Ask questions. But ask with interest and a smile. Pray, don’t pry. We can pray that God will lead us to strong communication with our child.
For three weeks this month, our whole family will be at home. My husband and I are so excited about this! Separately and together we will pray that God will inspire our questions and use these conversations – whether they are five minutes or twenty minutes to deepen and strengthen our relationships with our children and theirs with us.