A few weeks ago I had one of those days. I was showered and ready by 8 am because the list of responsibilities piling up was high and there was no time to waste. The whole family was dressed and at the breakfast table by 8:30. I opened up the blinds to unveil 6 inches of perfect snow (in March). The kids went crazy and begged to go out and play.
I thought about getting them snow clothes, boots and hats, then thought about how we were all dressed in clean dry clothes with hair styled. I thought about how one of my four year old’s favorite things to do is eat snow and then I thought of my ever growing to do list. As the usual internal battle began, I ended it. The list could wait, but the snow and those eager looks on my little ones faces could not.
We bundled up in our snow suits and headed out, adorning the gorgeous glittering blanket of white with our footprints. The world was at peace, silent except for the sounds of pure joy from my boys.
We tried to build a snowman to no avail, the snow was unrollable powder. The snow was so deep that my stubby legged baby kept tripping in his boots and though he would catch himself with his arms, they were too short and his face whitewashed each and every time. But, none of that mattered. What would have ruined an ordinary day could not touch this beautiful morning.
Then came the pinnacle. My little one looked to the sky and spotted his red swing still attached to our tree covered in snow. His big eyes met mine and he signed, “please.” I lifted him up and gave him a big push. He grinned ear to ear and squealed with excitement. It was at this moment that I knew all was right. I was where I was supposed to be. I realized that life was short and it is about enjoying the time with family. It’s about singing in the rain and swinging in the snow. My four year old got all the snow he could eat, my little one flew through the chilly air, and I got a full heart and an unforgettable memory with my two little ones tromping through a blanket of white.
Have you had an unexpected sweet moment with your kids?
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