Monday, February 03, 2014

Listen When Children Speak

One of my main purposes for simplifying our household consumption and embarking on the radical homemaking path was that it would free up precious time and space for me to be present with my two sons. The gift of unobstructed time and space and the togetherness it facilitates is essential to our survival as a family.

I have lots of conversations with my eldest son, Walker. He's a pretty chatty guy with lots of ideas and questions. In fact, I've been journaling our conversations for the past three years. The pages of my journals look like mini scripts, cataloging our interactions. Some of them are hilarious and some of them are heartbreaking.

Every night before bed, Walker spends a little time with my husband and I cuddling and chatting about the day. It's such an important part of our life that we included it in our family manifesto. Our evening cuddle is a great way for my husband and I to check in with our son, hear what thoughts are rattling around in his brain and assure him that we're always here for him. This weekend, when my son began expounding on his ideas of LOVE, I asked if I could film him and share his thoughts with others. He agreed and the video below is what followed.

If you'd like to share Walker's thoughts on LOVE with your community, you have his permission. When I told him that I wanted to put this video on my very public blog, he said, "Maybe if you share our video, people will see it and remember that everyone deserves love."


annika said...

Just have to say; what a gorgeous little guy!! His thoughts made my smile and my heart warm! See what love can do, even at a distance! He is so right! Thank you for sharing, the world needs a lot of love!
/Annika, Sweden

Unknown said...

I think your next painting should be titled 'dots, in their heart, of love'.
You both are precious beyond words.

Anonymous said...

The video speaks for itself and the wonder of love that you encourage and nourish within your family.

Hilary said...

Absolutely beautiful and heart-warming and encouraging and inspiring!!! You have a very special young man in your life, Sarah!

Anonymous said...

Sarah what a treasure, he´s just amazing !!!! Love love love from Spain to you all !!!!!

Anonymous said...

Your son's love has reached the Netherlands,
I'm sending some right back :)


Kathryn in Canada said...

Your beautiful boys' love has put a dot in my heart all the way up in Canada. It feels like my heart is going to burst into a beautiful rainbow from all the love inside of him. Don't ever loose that film.