Sometimes They Surprise Me

Girls SmilingI woke up at 8:30 this morning, and I was still tired. My husband only came home after 2 in the morning, filling in for some coworkers who didn’t show up, and although I didn’t wait up for him, my sleep was restless until he got home, and even afterward when our four-year-old clambered into bed with us in the middle of the night.

I stumbled into the kitchen to make chai and, once it was ready, I sat down in the living room to read for a few minutes while I drank my chai, hoping it would kick in soon and I would feel a little more awake.

My son asked me if he could use the computer, to work on his new hobby (more on that hobby coming soon in another post). My daughter sat a few feet away from him, at her keyboard and began to practice. I felt like pinching myself to see if I really had woken up. Usually, getting my daughter to practice her piano lessons faithfully is not the easiest task in the world. And here, my son is fully involved in his artwork, and my daughter in her music. Not bad for a summer morning, I thought to myself. It’s barely nine am.

Sometimes, when we least expect it, our kids surprise us. With signs that they are growing up, taking initiative, or assuming responsibilities. Even if moments like these are rare, if on most summer mornings I have to coax them awake and they do well if they’re in a vertical position sometime before 10, these times are worth it. Children are often capable of more than we give them credit for, more than we often expect of them. But as we consistently love them, expect more of them, and encourage them a thousand times every day, sometimes they’ll surprise us.

When did one of your kids last surprise you? What did they do? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below!


About Bonita Jewel

Bonita Jewel is an author and blogger who writes on a variety of themes, including: Literature & poetry Writing Parenting Purpose After living in India from the age of 16 to 28, she returned to California with her husband and three children. She is pursuing a Degree at Fresno State University. Bonita teaches community education at Clovis Adult. Her courses include Blogging Basics, Power Editing, Creative Writing, and Working from Home. She also freelances as an editor, ghostwriter, and writing coach. Her greatest passions are her family, her faith, writing, and reading. Bonita Jewel has been reading since she was 2 ½. Thirty years later, she still loves the magic and mystery of the written word. She is slowly breathing life into roughly 50 novels and nearly as many nonfiction works, depending on which plot or character seizes her interest at any given time. Please connect with Bonita at:

Posted on June 9, 2013, in Attributes, Paying attention and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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