If there’s one thing I have discovered being a stay at home Mom, it’s that the lessons your child can teach you are priceless!
Just when you think you are taking care of them, they turn around and throw something profound in your face, without even blinking!
So I bet you’re all wondering about this kangaroo in my bathroom!
Well, we had a particularly hectic day yesterday.
I was completely swamped between my work online, housework, getting Maddie’s records in order for Kindergarten registration, and running on about 2 hours of sleep! Hooray (she says sarcastically)!
I was in one of those moods where every little thing felt like a big thing, and worried about how it was all going to get done.
Then Maddie had a brilliant idea…”Can I take my bath early Mommy?”…music to my ears!
Yes, absolutely, where’s the soap! This was the perfect chance for me to sit (in the bathroom of course!) and fill out some paperwork without running and screaming and Barbies sitting around judging me for still being in my pajamas!
Once she was done her bath, and I was feeling a little more clear-headed with something crossed off my to-do list, I got her wrapped in a towel and she sat down on the mat like she loves to do as she dried off. She noticed some soap she’d been playing with still sudsy on the wall and said…
“Mommy, there’s a Kangaroo in the bathroom!” (the imagination on these kids is incredible!)
“How did a kangaroo get in here?” I casually asked.
Her reply, “Hop! Hop! Hop!” That’s it, it hopped in, simple and obvious!
Too often we get consumed by all the little details of things we don’t even really like, and we miss out on the wonderful simplicity that is actually all around us. We spend too much time worrying about the how’s and when’s, that we miss what’s going on right now!
It showed me how much I was not present when I started that conversation with Maddie. Being present would have meant I was in that moment with her, enjoying our new pet on the wall!
I mean really, if there was actually a Kangaroo in my bathroom, would I casually reply with “How did a Kangaroo get in here?”…probably not! I might eventually get there, but there would be much more excitement/noise beforehand!
To be perfectly honest, with how distracted I really was, I’m not sure I would have even noticed a kangaroo anywhere in my house yesterday!
So today, I am proudly posting on the internet for all to see, that I am thankful for the Kangaroo in my bathroom!
And the next time someone is sweating the small stuff, and asks me “how am I going to get this all done?”, I’m going to look at them and reply “Hop! Hop! Hop!”
Let’s hope they don’t have me committed shortly after!
When was the last time you were truly present with your kids? Do it now!
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