Life: it seems it has become a race car way of living.
We go from this place to that, run this errand and that one, this project, this job, this volunteer stop, this function, this class, this sporting event. . .
Even in the moments of actually sitting, my children are playing, and there I am, phone in hand, glancing up to smile their way.
There they are, simply waiting for my attention.
We went out one morning with nothing on the agenda but to live. I even (gasp) left my iPhone on the kitchen counter.
It was one of those mornings I will not soon forget. There were times I really wanted to record the moment. Like when both kids heard the music in front of the ice-cream shop and started dancing. My children dance like nerds, plain and simple, and it is my favorite thing ever. I had nothing to record them but my own mind.
I play this memory back over and over, and every time I think of it I smile. I will forever remember, even without a photo to back it up.
Then there was the moment they were simply sitting and playing with wood chips. I wanted to reach into my bag and occupy my mind with some social media. I had no choice, however, but to sit down next to them and play as well. I took in each detail of their precious faces, their little fingers, their heart melting smiles, and I smiled back, my heart in knots, so happy there was no iPhone in site.
I have started slowing down, rebelling from the busy way of things. I’m a mom, life can become a bit “mom-ish.” What better thing to do than be a little rebellious, right?
I am not an extremist in the matter. I am just trying to be a little more balanced. To slow down, pull off the racetrack for a while. I do not need to be constantly busy or entertained.
Sometimes. . . no, oftentimes, it is okay to sit in the middle of the grass and play, with nothing to occupy your thoughts but the sweetness of the one sitting next to you.
Life is such an amazing thing, if only we stop to realize it.
I still remember the day my daughter told me, “Mom, put your phone down.” It was my wake up call. I have been awake ever since, and am loving this fresh air.