My Toddler reminded me about the little things in life
I wanted to share a memorable day I had lately. It was one of those days that continued to get worse as the hours went by. Nothing was going in my favor. Things that I could not control kept standing in my way. I felt defeated. I just wanted this day to end, but I had a crazy long mental to do list that needed to be tackled or at the least, written down. I had a very short fuse and everyone and everything was getting on my nerves. On top of everything, my husband called from work and said that he lost his car keys and that I needed to drive to his office and bring a spare set. It was a minor problem but on that particular day it was a big deal. I was so mad. I now had another thing to do on this never ending day that I just wanted to end.
I started getting myself and my kids ready to drive to my husband’s office. So upset with my day that I didn’t even notice my kids taking it upon themselves to find some pajamas and put them on without being told. As I was finishing getting myself ready, my daughter ran into my room with her pajamas already on. She was ecstatic and so proud of herself. This was the first time she was able to get completely dressed by herself. It was big deal to her that she was able to do everything all herself. Seeing her excitement and what she accomplished made me tear up. Partly, because she is growing up so fast and as much I want her to be independent, I miss how much she used to need me.
The other reason being that I was so upset with my day and everything that was going wrong, I forgot to pay attention to what was going right. I was not noticing the little things, the special mom moments that I will not get back. It was reminded why I am doing all of this. I am doing it for all these special parenting moments. This was a life lesson for both of us. My kids are teaching me to enjoy the simple things in life. They are showing me what is important.
Now, when I see pajamas in the laundry or crumbed up in a ball on the floor, I am reminded of this day and the significance of it. It may seem silly but it makes me stop at think about whats important in life.
In the future, when my day, or week, is not going as planned, I am going to look back at yesterday and remember what is important, and why I am living this crazy life right now.