I smile. My girls are eight and ten, this question doesn’t often pop up anymore.
“Of course,” I reply. I head into the house to get my camera.
Lately, with each childhood act I ask myself, “Is this the last time?”
Is this the last time she’ll be excited to jump in spring puddles?
Is this the last time we read a picture book together?
Is this the last time she’ll want to hold my hand?
I love this old video of the girls playing in a giant puddle in the driveway. Their laughter is so carefree.
Ring around the rosie, pockets full of posies. Ashes! Ashes! We all JUMP UP.
The things is, when we have children, we are given a second chance. Through their eyes, we are able to enjoy the magic of everyday with a fresh perspective.
The girls were giddy with the simple joys of a spring day. As I snapped the photos below, I switched my focus from mourning childhood to the present moment: the spring breeze, the joy of a solid splash, the bond of sisters.
Our children provide us an opportunity to slow down, to be present in the moment, and to be awed by the everyday details we take for granted.
The question is, will we learn from the opportunity?
The truth is, WE need to do a bit of puddle jumping ourselves, metaphorically and literally. After all, there is a reason Zappos offers so many adorable rain boots. Right?
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Our children give us opportunities to be in the present moment, but as they grow older we need to continue to embrace that lesson in our own adult lives.
Grab your wellies, my friends.
PS: Here are a few additional resources from some of my favorite parenting bloggers:
- 12 ways to be present for your child | Abundant Mama
- Presence and Mindfulness — Fill Your Cup | Creative With Kids
- 50 Ways to Connect with Sons | Moments a Day
- 4 Simple Reasons You’re NOT the Mindful Mother You Want to Be | Abundant Mama
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