BY: Susan Diamond
It was a fun-size Nestles Crunch bar. I remember it like it was yesterday, but it happened over thirty years ago. I was a young mom, driving with my one-year-old son, who was in the back strapped in his car seat. Next to me on the passenger seat was his birthday party goodie bag.
I knew there was chocolate inside and I had to have it— without sharing. I drove while eating and hiding the candy in my hand. My son never did catch on. I knew it was wrong to take candy from a baby, I couldn’t help myself— I had a chocolate addiction.
I let my eating habits get in the way of good parenting. I took my desperate behavior has a sign from above; it’s time to quit. From that moment on, I never had another morsel of anything chocolate.
It’s serves me well, this quirky combination of paying attention to signs and doing something about it. I have a greater connection to my Higher Power and I enjoy good health. Despite my early parenting gaffes, my son has grown-up into a good person, and I have now learned to share.
What's in it for Me?
This whole experience
I'm growing through,
Your message I've received!
I must give more to those
I care for and love.
As a parent,
guide me to be more reassuring—
praising, giving hugs and kisses,
every day saying, "I love you."
As a wife,
let me be his refuge,
a partner that esteems
in moments of uncertainty.
As a daughter,
remind me more often
to talk to my parents—
not just when I should,
but because I want to hear their voices.
As a friend,
move me to do unexpected acts of kindness,
demonstrating how much I care.
As a co-worker,
inspire me to smile,
greeting everyone I pass today,
reaching out to the quiet one
who eats alone.
What's in it for me?
Your love flowing through me
can change my world.
"WHAT’S THE SNEAKIEST THING YOU’VE
EVER DONE AROUND YOUR KIDS?"
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