So Ben signed us up for a parenting course that takes place here at the community center located in our apartment complex and I just got back from the second session. Admittedly, I've been rather prideful when it comes to these meetings, particularly after the first one last week. When I walked in, I had to take a double look to make sure I was in the right meeting because based on my prideful, stereotypical judgment I could have sworn I was in an AA meeting. After today's meeting and a week full of praying and wondering why the heck I'm so dang prideful I'm feeling particularly grateful for things that I routinely take for granted like two parents who actually love each other and work together for the well being of their children (even after they're grown), a happy, healthy childhood absent from abuse and hate, and of course being raised to know, recognize, and acknowledge God's love and will for me. I hadn't realized to what degree these three things actually put me, and consequently my children, ahead of the game - so to speak. I obviously didn't do anything in this life to warrant these blessings, as proved by my selfish thoughts (If only you could have been in my head that first meeting, atrocious!!!). I am not a perfect parent, that is UNDOUBTABLLY SURE. I lose my patience with the best of them!! So in conclusion...pray for my prideful soul that I might get something out of these classes and become humble...without it having to be to painful on my part!! No curses of fatal illnesses, injuries, financial ruin etc. etc. Thanks! And to my parents who did, and continue to do a wonderful job raising and teaching me - much love and God Bless!!!
Mom and Dad Dutson