Waving at the Window

When I leave for work in the morning, my kids all line up at the window and wave goodbye. My job is to back out of the driveway and then stop for a minute, wave and give a thumbs up as I pull away. Sometimes my kids like to mix it up and they tell me they will be waving from a bedroom window instead. Wherever they are waving from, its crucial that I do my part and pause for a minute to wave.

This waving is not just limited to mornings or to me. Serious waving happens pretty much anytime anyone leaves our house.

Sometimes I wonder what the neighbors think when they see my kids in the window frantically waving again. Sometimes I see friends laughing in their car as they witness my children waving for the first time.

Is waving a big deal? No, but I believe it flows out of Kristin’s and my desire to make goodbyes and greetings important in our home. The reality is that we have to leave our children to go to work, to meetings, to shop, etc. Taking the time to say goodbye and hello to each family member (whenever possible) demonstrates that they are very important to us even though we are leaving. It doesn’t take much time, but it is time well-spent in showing love to our family.

Now, I am not recommending that any of you should instruct your children to get in the front window and start waving. This is simply my kids way of demonstrating that they understand the value we place on saying goodbye. I am simply encouraging everyone to take the time when you are coming and going to slow down for a moment to invest in your family in this simple way.

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