Did you ever notice there is always more to do? If I manage to write a blog post, do some laundry, update Facebook, tweet a little, vacuum the living room, gas up the car, and wash the dishes, there’s still more to do. There’s making lunches- never mind dinner! cleaning the bathrooms, making more coffee (now!!!) The list can literally go on forever. Once I get to the “end” it starts all over again.
So where does enjoying the day with my girls fit in? How can I manage to “do everything” and still have the energy and positive attitude that’s going to make being with them fun, instead of exhausting?
Yesterday was a real clue for me. It happens once in a while that the day unfolds in just the right way AND I’m paying attention to really see it.
The girls’ dentist appointment was first thing in the morning. The “plan” was to drop them off at preschool following the appointment so I could get some writing done and perhaps get closer to “ready” for Christmas.
But when we finished at the dentist it was already 10:15. Preschool for J – VPK – only goes till 11:30, and we were 20 minutes from the school. When the kids stay all day, they lay down for naps. And though J rarely takes one, K has been extending bedtime because of hers. Also in the equation: Jim had to work that night, so I’d be alone for bedtime. (I totally didn’t want the kids to nap and be up till 10:30!) So we skipped school.
We went to Walmart. We didn’t need anything. (We bought a toothbrush for Jim – a gift chosen by the girls for Christmas.) We set out into the store with a different purpose: to think of nice things to say to people shopping and working in the store – and then say them.
It was fun and the girls liked talking about nice things to say, even when they were too shy to say them to other people. We did it again at the mall.
My girls are so generous and kind-hearted. It was such a pleasure to be with them.
Interestingly, very few items on my to-do list were completed. But one item I forgot to write down was added to the top of my list for today:
Enjoy the Day
And I hope I remember to include it on every list I make from now on.