I needed to get out of the house.
The last ten days or so has been wretched. My husband’s work consumed him leaving me home along with our three boys and the stomach flu bug. About three days in, I decided my no-video-games-and-cartoons-except-for-weekends rule was dumb, and we flipped on the TV like parched desert wanderers gulping down water. It stayed on for five days straight. Until I hated the noise and declared again my hate for television as I pressed off. (Consistency is hard.)
But here I am today, tired of washing sheets, disinfecting the house and seeing my kids so sick. As the walls of my house closed in on me, I piled my kids in the car to escape. We picked up shamrock shakes (their stomachs’ had settled) from McDonald’s and drove to the frozen lake right by our home.
We parked our car and watched the sunset. It was a little too cloudy and golden rays didn’t quite dance across the sky like I wished, but the boys still loved it. All three piled into the front seat and we had a lively conversation about side airbags and the front seat’s ability to lean all the way back. Their conversation – so funny.
But what I loved most was how the next morning, they paused in their playing to notice how spectacular the sunrise was from our living room window. And later in the day, my three-year-old asked if we could go again to watch God paint the sky. Yes, of course, baby… Then, a few days later, my youngest snuck down in the early morning to find me sitting at my computer. He whispered that I should come upstairs and look at the sunset (sunrise).
This is one way I see the everyday sacred – pausing and just BEING. It refuels me. And I forget, that my kids need moments like this too. Their little souls soak in the moment like sponges.
But, what about you? What is something that refuels you, makes you appreciate life for the gift that it is? Is it (affiliate links):
That lovely window into feeling the sacredness of life, let your kids peer in too. Wouldn’t be amazing, if as our kids grow they cling to some of our interests – we shape lifelong commonalities we can always bond over?
So go ahead – share you with your little tribe. Share beautiful, perfect YOU. Seeing the everyday moments that help us refuel and sharing it with our people are the kinds of things our kids remember more than I think we realize.
Cheryl is a mom of 3 boys, wife, speaker, high school teacher, and author of Empowered Moms & Kids. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is passionate about learning and teaching. On www.empoweredmomsandkids.com you’ll find inspiration and encouragement for moms raising tweens and/or teens. Read more in the “about” section of this page.