Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.
Every once in a while even this simple living mama seems to need a gentle reminder that not all memories have to come from a big event or require fancy planning months ahead.
The small, unexpected things are pretty wonderful, too.
In this September frenzy of open houses, back to school, club meetings, and social occasions what I look forward to the most is the little moments: quiet evenings at home, conversations on the porch swing, milk and cookies together after school.
My ten year old asked me if we could eat breakfast together outside last Sunday morning and it was some of the best 20 minutes of my week. I’m glad I didn’t miss it. I’m thankful I said “yes” when my first instinct was to try and talk her out of it.
Savor the small moments
Big picture planning is good, yes. And I think it is important to have goals, both for yourself as a parent, and for your kids. Think long-term and take the baby steps to get there.
But don’t get so caught up in the big picture that you don’t see the small things, the little bits of beauty right under your nose, the milestones that aren’t in the books but engrave themselves on your heart anyway.
If we’re rushing about we might not see the fairies dancing from their seed pods or we’ll miss the birds’ song.
If we aren’t really listening, we don’t properly savor the toddler’s adorable spoken “punkin” that by next Autumn will be replaced with proper pronunciation or the way our four year old belts out Itsy Bitsy Spider with all the enthusiasm as if it were a Broadway classic.
Like those tiny seed fairies, these days will dance on the wind away from us. Children grow and put down their roots in places we cannot always predict. It is our job, not only to nurture and teach, but to cherish them.
There are appointments, of course, and things that must be done by the clock. But, my friends, whenever you can, please take your child’s hand and instead of rushing them to keep up with your pace, slow yourself down to theirs’.
Look for those sprites dancing in the sunbeams, find the faces in the clouds, jump in a puddle or two.
Sing the songs your mama sang to you when you were a little girl on the porch swing, and say “yes” when your first instinct might be to decline their offers to play or have an unplanned adventure.
To paraphrase a favorite song, these are the days to remember. (I promise.)
Have a wonderful weekend, friends. Find some small moments and savor them!