Last week Mr. L and I were washing dishes and listening to the soundtrack to the movie Rio. There is a song on the soundtrack by Taio Cruz called Telling the World. The lyrics are:
I’m telling the world that I’ve found a girl
The one I can live for, the one who deserves
To give all the light, a reason to fly
The one I can live for, a reason for life
I kid you not, we were just dancing around and singing when Mr. L pops off and says, “That’s not right. We don’t live for a girl. We live for God. He’s the reason we live.” A big smirk spread across my face. I love this kid! Seriously…he’s 8 and, at least for the moment, he realizes that we don’t live for a girl. We have a much grander purpose.
Being a mother to 2 boys, I’ve very aware of the world they live in and the lessons being taught to them.
I was working at my father’s hardware store on Saturday and went to help a guy in his 50’s find what he was looking for. As I point to the area up high on the peg board, he looked at my face, looked at my chest, and then looked a bit lower. I can’t tell you how used and dirty I felt. All that aside, I thought how this man didn’t come to looking at women in “that way” over night. He had outside influences of some sort.
In that moment, I couldn’t have been more determined to make sure I protect my boys from idolizing women and their bodies. I also had great sympathy for you men. The world (women, music, movies, social expectations) don’t make it easy on you!
I’m thankful for Mr. L’s first steps towards a healthy respect for his relationship with women and with God. It’s a life long journey but we are off to a great start.