Okay so I learned something today. Yeah I know, as a mom of three I know everything right? Not so much! Today sassy (6yo) got some books from the book fair and to give equally to all children I stopped at Target and picked up two books for the younger ones.
I picked out The Little Blue Truck for buddy (1yo) and Shoe-La-La for Mini me (5yo). once I came home we spent hours reading and rereading our new-found treasures! It was the most awesome and amazing time!
Just when I thought buddy didn’t like to read he surprised me. He Loved his story and asked me to read over and over again! His enthusiasm of course being infectious so I kindly obliged to his requests. Laughing every time we got to the part where the truck was stuck and Buddy would yell in delight UH OH The truck is Stuck!
Sitting here doing nothing but spending simple quality time with the kids made me really think. This was the moments I wanted to have yesterday! Remember that day, umm the day from Haiti! The one that caused me to put my kids to bed early!
I realize that I was trying to force a good time with the kids and guess what? Kids are kids and they enjoy what they want, and the only thing that they truly need is quality time with me. Plain and Simple undivided attention. It didn’t matter to them that we went to a festival. Sure it was fun, but that isn’t quite what they needed from me. They just needed me!
So tonight as I blissfully read to my children and tuck them Loving ( at least for tonight, tomorrow is always another story) in their beds, I am reminded that the gift of time is greater than any and all treasures. Do not display a fantasy of what the perfect family should look like. In some weird way that’s the vision I portrayed yesterday at the farm and when it did not work so well, then I became disappointed.
I wanted perfection and I didn’t get it, so then suddenly there I was with every intention of having a fabulous time and ended stressed and having a rotten one! So tonight we read, we laughed and I like my kids again! Till tomorrows adventures….You just never know where the day will lead!