This morning I was in a hurry. It’s not like I wasn’t rushing in the name of fun...I absolutely was! The kids and I had decided to walk to , which is no small trek. As I hurriedly packed a lunch box, filled water bottles and said things like, “Has everybody gone pee?” my dear, sweet Maisy was following me around, tugging at my shirt and continuously saying, “Mommy, close your eyes.”.
I did once, for a second, but that wasn’t quite what she had in mind. Her order was repeated over and over again, and even though she was being completely ignored she wasn’t getting frustrated, even using the word please on and off.
After I finally tripped over her and fell into the wall, I lost it: “WHAT, MAISY?!?!? WHAT DO YOU WANT??!?! WHY DO YOU KEEP SAYING THAT?”. As I caught a glimpse of her angelic face, I immediately noted the error of my ways and calmed down.
“Oops. I’m sorry about that. Okay, I will close my eyes.”.
“Hold out your hands, Mommy,” she said. So I did.
Into my hands was placed a picture she had drawn. There were four faces; one for each member of our family.
“Dat’s Daddy because he has whiskers.” she said pointing to the face with the little squiggles on the chin. “It’s your present because I love you, Mommy!”
Oh. My. Gosh. I immediately dropped to her level, gave her a huge hug and said, “I love you too my darling!” which led to me being asked by both kids—while I fumbled around trying to get us on our way—to, “Please close your eyes, Mommy,” as countless household items were placed into my hands as presents.
But that’s another story.
The point is, this kind of thing happens when you’re in charge of cute people, and they take charge of teaching you life's lessons. Parents have to find a balance between embracing the moment and getting the heck out of the house before someone explodes, and there’s no way we can get it right every time.
Do you have any moments that opened your eyes to what being a parent is about? Please share. As parents who also happen to be human beings, there’s nothing that will keep us going like knowing that we’re not alone.
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