A few days ago our family was eating breakfast. The time came for me to switch into "rush out the door because you are late" mode, so I hugged all the kidos. Julie (the mother of my children) said, "Hey! What about me." So I took a moment to embrace my best friend. I looked at my kids and said, "this is the most special hug of all." My little boy (if you know him you'll understand) was very upset. In a mildly disrespectful tone of voice, he revealed his disagreement with the preceding acknowledgment.
I looked at him, and in a moment of often forgotten revelation said, "She's not just your mother you know..."
How easily we forget that our spouse is not only the mother of our children, but our best friend? Children get all the attention in young families. It's probably because they are so good at demanding it. I want to always remember that the greatest gift I can give my children is the healthy relationship of their mommy and daddy!
Needless to say, I was late for my appointment. You know, it was worth what Gabriel learned from this 5 minute interaction with his family.
I think my kidos are more healthy today because I forgot to hug their mommy...