We have been in full spring cleaning mode around our house. We are a bit late for spring, I know, but we are finally attacking the closets, the garage, and even getting around to painting my daughter’s bedroom that she has been thinking about for over a year now.
However, as we painted the walls and cleaned out bags of clothes for a garage sale, one thing remained.
You can hardly see it, but as the cleaning and painting happened – the barely visible hand-written note on my daughter’s mirrored closet door from her dad stayed put.
Hard to see isn’t it?? It’s been there for almost a year and a half.
March of 2013 I posted the following blog.
I was putting my daughter to bed the other night and looked over at her closet mirror. What I saw was too sweet not to mention as a suggestion! My husband had written a note on her mirror with a dry erase pen.
A few things crossed my mind…
- What a great guy my husband is
- How fortunate my daughter is
- A mirror – what a great place to write a note! Why have I never thought of that?
- And —- I don’t think my daughter will ever let me clean that mirror again
It may have taken him 30 seconds to write the note; however, it made a huge impact on her and I am thinking that the “note-writing vandal” will strike again (I hope).
You too can be a “note-writing vandal” and sneak into your daughter’s room with a dry erase marker and leave a note on a mirror in her room or in the bathroom she uses. You can leave a sentence, a verse, a reminder of who she is, or even just draw a silly picture. The big thing is that she will know that you care and you went out of your way to do something for her.
We all need to be reminded from time to time that there are people who love us for who we are. A girl’s mirror tells her many lies about herself – you are not pretty enough, your hair is not right, your nose is too big, your teeth are crooked, and for some girls the list goes on and on. What is your daughter’s mirror “saying” to her? What if she looked in the mirror and saw a reminder of who you think she is – who God thinks she is?
I guess I was right when I imagined my daughter not cleaning that note off of her mirror. She has since written all kinds of great quotes and verses on her mirrors which have been erased and re-written…except for the note from dad. It has been almost a year and a half and that note remains.
Hopefully that reminds us of the power of our words. Dads – your words have staying power!
Thanks for leaning in,