Thankfulness for the Ordinary
I ran across this picture from a post on FB. I fell in love with it. Especially because my kids will be with me for this first week of Spring Break later on this morning. I want to spend time enjoying little, ordinary things with them.
They are already so extraordinary that I don’t have to worry about the big things in life. They will discover them on their own and really impact our world.
One of the things that Cancer has taught me (and there are many, folks) is that stopping to soak in and put to memory the simple and seemingly mundane things in life is the most important thing I can do… for myself and for my kids.
So this week of Spring Break, I’m going to open my eyes and heart to my kids and the everyday things that we often push past. Things like: Walking in our neighborhood together; Making homemade cards to send to Grandma and Grandpa Strabala in Iowa; Going to the library and finding books that interest us, even simple picture books for children; Looking over my scrapbooks and their baby books with them; Making my house smell like bacon and cinnamon rolls for breakfast on a Tuesday, not just on a weekend; Playing cornhole outside and letting others from the neighborhood join in; Taking a ride to the animal shelter, not to get another cat, but just to go a play with them; Decorating the kids’ rooms… they need a desk in their rooms for homework; Laying around and reading a book out loud together (believe it or not, we are THAT nerdy); Going to the Heirloom Gardens – Growing urban farmers one yard at a time and seeing what kind of help they might need now and over the summer; and… just letting them enjoy and relax this week.
They put enough pressure on themselves in this fast-paced, competitive world we live in. I dare say sometimes even Devon and I perpetuate that problem.
This week, I’m going to slow down and make the ordinary… extraordinary.