As I ready my children for school, I stand at my kitchen counter packing wholesome lunches all set to be tucked away into their boxes and carted off to school. Along with their balanced meal, I lovingly slip in a note of love which promises of homemade cookies and cold milk upon their return.
WAIT!… Scratch that… How could I forget? I don’t send my kids off to school. I don’t pack them lunches in cute little boxes. I don’t give them milk and cookies when they come back because they never leave. I don’t send them little love notes in their lunch pails; there are no lunch pails.
When shopping for back-to-school supplies, I happened upon these cute little “lunch note” cards for parents. What a cute idea, I thought! In reality, I have no use for them. We homeschool, so I don’t pack meals for our kids. I don’t box a lunch for my guy (usually); he works at home! I make our lunch at the stove and then we sit down to eat as a family.
The idea behind the love notes was touching though; surely there must be a way for me to use them? Then an idea struck me! Part of dating someone is writing love letters, right? So if I was “dating my children“, surely I would need to write them “love letters”! These little notes would indeed come in handy!
Now I needed to find creative ways to deliver my letters of love… Hmmm… Perhaps when we are on a field trip, I could attach them to their juice boxes or water bottles? I could tuck it into the front cover of their current book read. I could stick them to the chairs at the kitchen table between breakfast and the beginning of our day! There are so many possibilities, I could go on forever.
As for my man, we rarely send each other notes anymore. However, we have found one cute, clever way of reminding each other of our affection. An eraser! Yes, you read that right!
Years and years ago, when we were just friends, we went on an expedition to a museum. During the drive, I dug into my pocket for something I apparently needed and came up with an assortment of little items I had stored away. One of which was this silly, red, heart-shaped eraser that said, “I Love You”. Not thinking much about it, I set the eraser in one of the cup holders and found the item that I was looking for. It seems I forgot (really, I did!) to put the eraser back into my pocket and in the car it stayed.
A year or two later, when we got married, my husband cleverly tucked the eraser into one of my bags. I was astonished to discover that he had kept the eraser all that time! It seems that the Lord knew better than both of us!
Now the eraser has become a symbol. It reminds us of God’s hand in bringing us together and the continued affection we have for one another. One of us always has the eraser, finding a new place or manner in which to leave it for the other person to find. I never grow tired of hiding it, it brings me great pleasure to see his face when he discovers it. I never grow tired of finding it, it brings to mind that day at the museum and all the days in between.
Whether it is a stack of silly little notes or a funny, heart-shaped eraser; I need to remember that my family appreciates these little demonstrations of love. I constantly am trying to find ways to show my heart and express my feelings.
As homeschoolers, I have to be a little more creative. I am learning to take advantage of an opportunity when I see it. I can’t use a lunchbox, but I can use other things. The key is remembering and doing, no matter how little or how silly.
Do you write your children letters of love? What creative ways to do you find to deliver them?