Today I'm going to be talking about my life's labor. Specifically, these guys.
to roll or pitch heavily, as a ship.Not much of a sailor, myself. Although I do roll and pitch heavily when I do Pilates.
I went through some major labor to get them here (definitions 6, 7 and 12), and they definitely qualify for #4's "physical or mental work, esp. of a hard or fatiguing kind." Emphasize hard and fatiguing. And yet .... Why doesn't it mention the rewards? Why doesn't it mention the surge of love that overwhelms you when you first look into their eyes?
Why doesn't it mention the inescapable desire to kiss every wrinkle, bury yourself in every fold? Why doesn't it mention the way your heart bursts when your children love on each other?
Why doesn't it mention the pride that fills every ventricle, pours through every vein - whether they're rolling, crawling, eating their first cereal or acing their first spelling test?
Why doesn't it mention how fun it is to play - really play! - with your children? Pirates and cars and dragons and cowboys and monsters and anything their limitless imagination dreams up next.
Why doesn't it mention the sentimentality of reading your favorite book to your child - and finding that they love it too?
Why doesn't it mention the awe you feel in creating this amazing little person who you actually enjoy being around?
The Family: A Proclamation to the World declares:
Happy Labor Day, everybody. The very best labor of all.
The first commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God's commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force.
Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. "Children are an heritage of the Lord" (Psalms 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, to teach them to love and serve one another, to observe the commandments of God and to be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.
Don't forget to check out We Talk of Christ all month long to celebrate the Proclamation!