Last night at work I was propositioned by a patron. Not in the way that it sounds, but she had a request of me. I am not sure what initiated the question, why she wants to know or why she chose me to ask.
This customer is one of my many favorites that comes into the restaurant. She is a very particular woman. She likes what she likes, how she likes it. I know the glass she prefers, when to refill her and that she likes me to pack her leftovers for her. She makes sure she tells me just how much she appreciates my service and me as a person. She compliments me endlessly while I work. As I go about my duties I like to observe her and her relationship with her life partner, another woman I really like. The respect they show for each other is heartwarming. Our conversations are always insightful. About the restaurant business and occasionally personal life.
“What is your wish for your children?” was her question.
She didn’t need me to answer it right then…she asked me to write it down and I am to share it with her at a later date. She asked me not to think of the general “world peace” and “end hunger” type of wish…but what I wanted for each of the children individually. She guessed that it would vary from child to child based on their personalities…and she was right.
I shared with her that I thought it was ironic that “My Wish” was the song I chose for the Mother/Son dance at my eldest’s wedding 2 years ago. I told her to listen to those words…and that would say it all. But after I got to thinking, I realized that I had more specific wishes for each of them…all very different.
Here they are my special hat wearing, whiskey drinking, fancy glass wielding, song singing, thought provoking conversationalist.
For James, now 23. My wish for him is that he continue to be the God fearing man that he has grown into. That he continues to be the husband every girl deserves. That he continues to be the adoring and smitten Daddy with just the right amount of faith, love, worry and keeping-it-real to raise an amazing daughter. See, my wishes seem to have come true with this man. I couldn’t have hand picked a better wife for him or to be the mother of his child. I couldn’t be more proud of how he takes care of his family (Insert a shout out to my Dad for being a wonderful role model in that department!). My future wish is for him is continued love between him and his wife and that they grow together through the years and not apart. To always have that friend by his side loving him, supporting him and encouraging him to be a just little bit better than he was the day before.
For DJ, now 16. In this day and age it is very scary to have a teenager. The demons that are out there and are readily available to our children is frightening. My wish for DJ is that he sees and recognizes a bad path when it’s in front of him and turns and chooses one that is best for him. I wish that on that path he gains self confidence in himself and recognizes what his talents and strengths are and uses them to make his living in adulthood. That he understands the importance of putting in hard work and the benefits you reap because of it. Mainly pride and self worth. That he deletes “can’t” and “won’t” from his vocabulary and that he believes in himself enough to know that he is as capable of just about anything. My wish is for him not to let fear deter him from pursuing anything, but for him to feel the accomplishment of pushing through it…whether it be asking a girl out or going for a promotion or moving to a faraway land. My wish is for him to always respect the female he will be with. To know her boundaries and to make sure she respects his. For him to fall madly and deeply and dizzily in love.
For Mackenzie, now 13. This is a tough age for a girl. Tween and teen girls, well, can be pure evil. This is a time that self esteem dictates a lot of decision making. My wish for her now is that she does not underestimate her self worth. That she not only surrounds herself with people that build her up, but she do the same for those she’s near. A few small words can make or break someone, my hope is that she understands this. My wish is that she respect her body and her mind and to not let anyone touch either one in a way she does not want or like. That she listen to her inner voice and let that guide her through her teen years and not be swayed by peers or others that she may encounter that will try and violate any part of her being. My wish is that she learn to enjoy where she is and what she has while still maintaining that healthy thirst for better or more. That she continues to use the tools she is learning through her competitive cheer of hard work and determination and how it pays off and let it carry on into all areas of her life. That when she’s grown she finds a man to treat her like she truly deserves, that he loves her and dotes on her and respects her and she does the same for him, both while never taking it for granted.
For Brayden, now 4. Only having four years to get to know Bray…his personality traits aren’t as well defined as the others, so my wishes for him aren’t as exact. My wish is that the energy he has gets channeled into positive outlets as he grows. That he puts it on the field or court or gym or wherever he feels he is comfortable. My wish is that nothing touches his kind nature to harden him. My wish is that his bright little mind continues to flourish and that he keeps his quest for knowing everything about anything going. My wish is that he continues to get loved on by his older siblings and they remain a constant in his life as he trails them into adulthood. That he not feel a void of having his Daddy gone, but to be reminded by those that knew and loved him of all his positive qualities and funny stories. That alcohol and drugs do not play any role in his life. My wish is that he is guided by positive male role models along the way, that he is shown how to respect himself and others. Not just how I show him, but how a man is to do it. How to provide and be present for his family. That he finds and holds onto love.
For all of my children. Show compassion and respect, even when it’s not deserved. Own your mistakes. Never show up to a gathering empty handed. Hygiene is mandatory. Keep laughter in your life. And don’t ever forget your Mom loves you with everything that she is, you are her world…she is there for you no matter what. She has been adoring you since the first second she saw you. And she always will.
My realization in writing this blog today and answering my friend’s question is that it took a bit of soul searching to write. What did I wish that I had for myself at those ages…what would’ve bettered me…kept me safer…protected me from harm. What was it that did impact me in a positive way. It was a nice way to reflect and to maybe help me choose some actions or words to share with my kids along the way to help the wishes I have for them come true.