My 10-year-old daughter accused me of throwing her homework away, and that’s what she told her teacher, too.  I denied it.  “Why would I throw your homework away?” I asked. 

 She sighed, “I asked you to check it and you must have put it in the pile of papers you were looking through.”  I was looking through the accumulation of graded papers in her STAR notebook……….but I don’t remember her asking me to check her homework. 

 “You didn’t ask me to check your homework?”  I said. 

“Yes, I did, Mom.  But my teacher said that it was okay if I couldn’t find it”.

I wondered what her teacher thought of me now……another distracted mom who can’t keep up with her child’s homework. 

 After my daughter went to bed I checked in the garbage can.  I laughed to myself when I saw the math homework she had asked me to check.  I went over it and left it on the coffee table for her to rework some of the problems this morning. 

I love that my kids so easily forgive me when I mess up.  It seems to come so naturally to them, almost like there is no other choice.  I wish I could be more that way.  I need to be more that way.        


3 thoughts on “Forgive

  1. Reblogged this on Full-Time and commented:

    My 10 year old daughter is now 13 and forgives as easily as she did then. It’s not lost homework anymore – I don’t have to check it as much as I used to. Now it’s a thoughtless comment or an impatient stare.
    I’ve worked through some difficult trials and made the hard choice to forgive. I am making the choice to forgive. It’s not only a choice: it’s a journey, too. Inconsiderate actions, angry words, betrayal, abuse……whatever the offense…….may we learn to forgive as easily as my daughter. May we all.

    21 At that point Peter got up the nerve to ask, “Master, how many times do I forgive a brother or sister who hurts me? Seven?”
    22 Jesus replied, “Seven! Hardly. Try seventy times seven. Matthew 18:21-22 (MSG)

  2. I can see how easily this could have happened. We have piles of papers on our table too and something could easily get mixed up and put in the bin. Oops! I’m glad your daughter forgave you. I think my daughter would have been cranky for a bit but then ok in the end too.

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