“Mommy, it is broken.” I have lost count of how often I have heard these words; words that were always accompanied by tears and sometimes sobs. Tape, glue, string, love and determination. These things came out as I attempted to fix the paper/ toy/ gadget that had not withstood the test of small hands. The job of fixing was never done perfectly and yet my little girls’ sobs quietened down. Especially when I gave the most important part of fixing: the loving hug and cuddle.
My children are no longer five years old and yet they still come to me for fixing: a hole in their shirt, or a book whose pages have fallen out. Bit by bit, they begin to fix things for themselves. These fixings are proudly shown to me afterwards with big smiles. For the moment I know that there is not much “broken” for me to fix. And yet I am on standby knowing that there will be a time in their life when they will need help recovering from broken relationships. But in the meantime, I fix the physical that they cannot fix.
What things have you fixed for your children?
(This post was inspired by the Five Minute Friday prompt: Broken)