Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Gift of A Listening Ear

(Photo Credit: Victoria Magazine)
Valentine's Day has come and gone.  The TV commercials and advertisers have a vested interest in promoting this holiday.  If you listen to them, your expectations were so high.  If you didn't receive flowers, jewelry, chocolates and/or a romantic dinner ...you must not be loved.

But don't believe that nonsense!

Sure, it's nice to receive a gift from your loved one on Valentine's Day.  But this year I'm so thankful for the gift my  husband Greg has been giving me each day.  When I come home from work, he has me sit down and tell him all about my day.  He's actually interested in hearing my stories.  For many years, Greg bought me the flowers, the jewelry, chocolate and we had many romantic dinners.  But right now, he gifts me with his attentiveness and eagerness to truly listen to me.  And I love that!

So what do I share with Greg? 

I tell him the stories of the three year olds I get to spend time with each day.  The parents of our children decorated our classroom and hosted a Valentine's Day party.  They planned the crafts and prepared the food.  They did a fabulous job and it was such fun getting to spend time with them.  I had to laugh as a few of them couldn't believe how many details the children share with their teachers.  LOL.


Greg gets to hear about Lily and Deetya and Dax, among others. 

He also get to hear about my first grade after school class.  I have to admit that they can be challenging at times.  They don't always listen and they have so much energy.  I have to make sure they complete their homework before their parents pick them up. 


But it's so touching when they make me homemade cards like this one.  The message Suparna wrote inside was so cute.  She wrote that she knew the class sometimes makes Mrs. Debby crazy and she offered me a suggestion to keep them in order.  Nothing like getting good advice from a seven year old!

Since this is Thankful Thursday, I'm glad to link up with Laurie of Women Taking A Stand




Blessings and love,

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16 comments:

Cindy said...

How blessed you are in this season of your life to have a hubby who 'listens' to you as you share your day:) Love it!!!

Lori said...

Oh bless their hearts, first graders are so precious...and how wonderful to have a husband who wants to hear about your day! Love the picture of your classroom! Lori

JottinMama said...

I bet you are such a blessing to those kids! And the parents, too!

How wonderful of your husband to sit down with you and just listen. That is SUCH a gift!

Have a wonderful weekend, Debbie!

Love and Blessings to you,
Kate :)

Marsha Young said...

Debbie, Sometimes advice from a seven year old is the best advice you can get. They are always honest and get right to the heart of the matter. :)

god bless you - Marsha

Debbie said...

Oh I loved this. A listening husband is one of life's best blessings...and sweet 3 year olds? Well it doesn't get much better in my book. The energy you must have though! haha I worked two mornings a week in my grandson's KG class and it was all I could do to keep up. lOVED it though. Have a good day. HUGS

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

A gentle reminder how important it is to really listen...what a sweet post!

NanaNor's said...

Hi Debbie, What an incredible blessing you are to those children-such a gift of love. What a wonderful gift your hubby gave you-the interest and gift of listening-is far beyond the temporary fleeting gifts of candy. I've missed you too but so understand the business of the season. Have a delightful weekend.
Hugs, Noreen

Felisol said...

Dear Debbie,
How sweet and inspirational your post Valentine blod is.

Thanks for sharing the true values and true love from both adults and children.

If it's one thing I know, it is that love cannot be bought.

I know that your work with the little ones is giving you more than mere money.
Isn't it a sham that working with cars pays off better than working with people.
I think that tells alot about how our society has changed for the worse.

God bless you Debbie in your important work.
From Felisol

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Oh I hear you, that listening ear is so special...and around here it is harder to be heard over the 5 year old begging for his attention.

This year we went out..which we haven't done in years and the change was so special...God knows what our hearts need.

Oh is that little girl first born??? I bet she is!! Us first borns seem to hand out advice at an early age!

Beth in NC said...

That is so sweet Debbie! What a gift that your husband asks about your day. I often have stuff I'd love to talk through with my husband, but he is so stressed about work that he rarely asks about me.

I know you are a blessing to those sweet children!

Love & hugs,
Beth

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Mercy... let me come to that Valentine's party. The decorations alone are so very inviting! I could use a good party right about now, especially with those who see the world through childlike lenses... enjoying the true threads of simple celebration.

All days should be celebrated accordingly...with love, hearts, cake, listening, and kind words!

peace~elaine

Stacy@hiswaynotmine said...

I so agree with you...Valentine's Day should be celebrated everyday....love that your hubby sits with you and wants to hear about your day. What a precious gift, and more valuable than anything money can buy.

That classroom is amazing! Such fun. :)

Much love,
Stacy

Sassy Granny ... said...

I just love this new aspect to your life, and the many new memories being formed. The fact that Greg enters in even as a listener is so precious.

Blessings galore to you, my dear friend.

Kathleen

P.S. Thinking I may journey to AZ in April. Will keep you posted.

Melinda Lancaster said...

This post brings back such memories of the years I worked as a daycare teacher. We still laugh at some of the stories. And yes, it is amazing what details kids will share.
What a wonderful gift to have a husband with a listening ear. I know, because "my Greg" is that kind of man. We can't afford the material gifts we once exchanged but are finding that ones like you described in this post have far more value.
Thanks for sharing!

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