Today was a good day. I thought I’d be overwhelmed because there was a local parade that my daughter’s Girl Scout troop was participating in, and since I’m the troop leader, I had to make sure everyone was where they were supposed to be, had the correct paperwork filled out and were dressed properly.
Then, since we were planning to have a picnic for the girls after the parade, I had to get all the supplies (food, drinks, treats, etc) and also make sure that everyone knew where to pick up their kids after the parade and picnic were over.
Next, we had a birthday party to attend and of course, as always, I forgot to buy a present beforehand, so I had to stop at a store on the way to the party and pick up a gift.
Luckily, my husband was on hand to help out for most of the activities, so all went pretty smoothly.
At the end of the day, however, on the drive home after the birthday party, I found myself wondering, as I sometimes do, if I’m spending too much time shuttling my kids from one activity to another and not enough time engaging with them directly. After all, isn’t our attention what our little ones crave most, even more so than that of their teachers or friends? Wouldn’t some activity-free, one-on-one time be nice?
Sure. (Note to self: more of that next week).
But for tonight I choose to focus on remembering the smiles on my daughters’ faces as they played with their fellow Girl Scouts and called them “sisters” and how they were so excited to tell their dad what a fun time they had at their friend’s birthday party.
I will trust that my contented smile is enough to fill them up emotionally right now, as I give them a hug and a kiss before they settle in for their weekly movie night. Because they are clearly contented too and comfortably secure in my love for them.
No more judgements or analysis here. Not tonight anyway.
Yep. It was a good day.
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