Written by: Brooke
My husband and I took the kids to the park the other day. The sun was shining, the weather was picture perfect.
My son, Maverick, played in the dirt (yes, the dirt) for over 30 minutes! I just sat there and watched him sprinkle the dirt through his tiny hands. He was mesmerized and having the time of his life. I love moments like that because it just shows the innocence and natural curiosity of children. So pure. So sweet. My eyes fill with tears as I type this.
My sweet daughter, Ellie, rode her bike as Mav played in the dirt. She was so proud of her 'no hands' trick. She was having a ball!
It was the best day. No distractions. Just me and my family... and the dirt. And it was beautiful.
I was present and appreciative of every single thing around me.
And then... reality. Chaos. The norm.
We got home and I snapped out of my peaceful trance. My OCD kicked in. I let my kid play in the dirt for a half-hour -- he needed a bath ASAP!
Food. Everyone needed to eat! So I put my hubby on sandwich duty! I headed upstairs to the bathtub to keep things rolling there.
I came back downstairs with two squeaky clean kiddos. What to my wondering eyes should appear?? MY HUSBAND STILL MAKING THE FREAKING SANDWICH! Part of me wanted to go a little crazy on him... but I stopped myself. I remembered the earlier part of the day when all was right with my world.
And I'm so glad I did.
The REASON it took him an eternity to make a sandwich I could've whipped up in about two seconds... he carved our daughter's initials into the bread.
He was so proud of himself.
She loved it.
My heart turned into a pile of mush.
I share this because I'm guilty of not enjoying 'moments' -- even the simple ones. In this busy world, my head is usually in five places at once. And the funny thing is that I project into the future when my kids are grown and need me a little less and it hurts my heart! So, you'd think I WOULD be a little more 'present'... a little more often.
Life throws us curve balls all of the time... once in a while, it throws us reminders too.
I needed this one.