I love that saying, although it is written in a rather old fashioned way. To me, it means I put everything into everything, from cooking supper on an ordinary Monday, to dressing up for a book launch. Haven’t got to that bit yet, but when it comes, I know I will give it wellie. Its not always easy to do, especially around the dull to-do list, month after month, nor is the ‘sowing’ part always obvious to the naked eye. For example, as I spend my days with my son and his wife and very new baby, quietly in the background, just helping as best I can at this time of immense change in their lives, I notice things. I notice that he orders baby clothes with great care and enthusiasm. I notice that he changes nappies and takes the baby out to give his wife time to sleep, for her nights are no longer her own. I notice he bothers to shop for groceries after a long day at work, and these are just 3 things I notice.
What he is doing, is ‘sowing’. He is investing, not only in his child, but more importantly, in his wife, in the woman she really is and this investment will pay off for the rest of his marriage. Not that he has planned it this way, of course not, but he is doing it because he is unafraid of looking soft in the head. All the young fathers I have met nowadays are similarly unafraid.
So Hallelujah say I for this ‘informed’ generation! They must have read all the right books, for they have certainly U-turned on their own fathers technique, or lack of it. Or, is it simply that Love will ‘out’, no matter what, given enough time?
Either way, my heart is smiling for the little ones of today. The big ones too.