During the final days of June, many of the weekly activities that run throughout the school year come to a close. Year end picnics and BBQ’s signal the closure of the school year and the beginning of summer! And now here we are, already a couple weeks into July. Hard to believe.
Summer is a wonderful opportunity for full-time moms to slow down the weekly schedule a little bit, and just allow each summer day to unfold into a beautiful sequence of sublimely peaceful moments. However, if you’re the parent of kids in the toddler years, ‘sublimely peaceful’ somehow doesn’t quite seem to describe it most of the time, does it? Joyful, funny, carefree for sure. Crazy, chaotic, frenzied at times too. It’s so easy sometimes to allow that second description to characterize our days with little ones… so this is just a friendly neighborhood reminder ~ Moms out there, lets enjoy our kids. Lets delight in their little lives. Let’s take the time to listen to their stories. Lets not be too busy cleaning or organizing or cooking to do what matter infinitely more.
Likely all of us with young children have had those moments where our little guy or girl is vying for our attention, and we feel so busy and hurried that we almost don’t take the time to stop and crouch down and listen to what they are trying to tell us… and then it’s like an outside force makes us stop, and look, and listen, and in those moment as we look into the expectant and hopeful eyes of our little one, and listen to his delightful two-year-old pronunciation of life, our hearts melt within us, and we know more love and enchantment than we ever thought possible… and we’re reminded that stopping, getting down, being still, listening, responding, delighting, we’re reminded that truly this is what being a mom is all about. All that other stuff, the cooking, the cleaning, the organizing, those things are just details.