Enjoy every moment? Err, that’s realistic!
Like most, I know that I am so lucky to be a parent, and that the time I have with my son is as much a privilege as it is precious. However, I can also get lost in the stuff that surrounds and is part of being a mother, and the challenges which take my time and energy, and clutter our day to day lives.
Gratitude peppers my days with my little boy, like when I hear him belly laugh, or catch him mid-contented sigh; ordinary magic moments which make me so thankful. But of course, there are other moments too: when he screams over nothing or when he won’t sleep – or when he does both at the same time – that’s extra fun. During these times, deep appreciation can be nudged out of the way a little by stress, tiredness and impatience. And I am pretty sure that’s normal.
And then, even in-between the beautiful or trying moments, there are the times we just are.
Each day brings little bits of all of these things – there’s both the testing and the treasured stuff – and sometimes there are just seconds between them. Or they may even overlap, which you will know all about if you’ve ever been part of an adorable tickle session gone sour.
Lately though, we’ve had a few reminders, for one reason or another, that we really do have a lot to be thankful for. It isn’t practical to just let go of everything else and fully embrace each moment, dance in the sunlight or ignore life’s difficulties and dramas. But some of the time, we can and some of those times, we should.
Because if we do, we might just have a blindingly lovely day…
Today we’ll do things differently, today is just for you
I’ve stopped the world from spinning round, today’s about us two
We won’t rush to get dressed or clean the breakfast from your face
We’ll linger with your favourite toys and take things at your pace
Let us give the shops a miss today and scrap doing the chores
Let me oblige and sing that song each time you tell me more
Let me pick you up each time you pull and ask me for a cuddle
And if I don’t attempt a million things, I won’t get in a muddle
And when we wander out today I won’t make you wear your hat
You can pause at every flower, say hello to every cat
If you want to you can walk about, even though it takes us longer
And when you’re tired I’ll scoop you up, ‘cos your love makes me stronger
You’re a million kinds of precious, and though I shouldn’t need reminding
I sometimes have to stop and think, but thanks to you I’m finding
That our lives are full of magic in between the other stuff
And what you give is all I need, love really is enough
So let us read an extra story, let us make a bit more mess
No worries that we’re running late, no calls to make, no stress
I’m going to try and see the world just like you do each day
As an exciting big adventure and a brand new game to play
My task today is not to clean or wash or tidy up
It’s to chase you ‘til you laugh out loud and beg for me to stop
It’s to play the silly games you love and take you to the park
It’s to be with you ‘til evening falls and the sky outside turns dark
Then I’ll carry you to bed tonight with a happy, tired yawn
And cuddle you for twice as long, just like when you were born
And if sleep does not come easily, tonight I will not mind
The world can wait, I’ll stay with you until your dreams you find
And tomorrow might be different as that’s just the way it goes
But whatever stuff life throws at us, I hope you always know
You fill our hearts up to the brim and make the dull seem new
You grow and laugh and share and love, and teach us all this too
Afternote: It would only be right to share that, although this day was indeed wonderful, finding the time to write about it was slightly more of a challenge, thanks to my son hitting the mother of all bumps in the going to sleep when he should go to sleep department. So yes, you just gotta’ take the sunshine where you can!
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