This blog of mine started almost two years ago as a test run for a high-end recycled children’s fashion app that transitioned into a personal/ lifestyle blog; a digital diary to keep track of the astonishing things coming from the mouth of big E and just life with the kids.
Parenting… We’ve never been so tired. Days are short and long simultaneously; between waking up and bringing the house to a still again, we go from longing the night and trying to make time stretch throughout the day. It takes a while - or blind-siding events, unfortunately - to step out of our crazy rhythms to stop and smell the roses.
Earlier on in the evening our oldest, who’s four, did something that didn’t make me laugh until later on in the evening, when I finally had time to enjoy the incident and share it with my husband. This reminded me of an article I had bookmarked to read at my earliest convenience - which may mean NEVER! But tonight, the kids were in bed earlier than usual and my husband and I were just enjoying awkward stillness when I read The Passion of Parenting, by Charles M. Blow, op-ed columnist of The New York Times, who mentions that if we don’t make an effort to slow down enough to love parenting, it won’t be until our children are ready to part ways that it’ll all hit us.
The incident earlier that evening would have gone forgotten, as could’ve been the case with this article, if it hadn’t been for my finding the time to read it; here’s what happened:
I was putting dinner on the table when I turned to find big E, who was waiting seated at her spot, with two slices of cucumbers on her eyes; she had grabbed them from the salad in front of her…
Me: What are you doing?!
Her: My eyes are swollen…
Me: Well, they’ll get more so… Those cucumbers have salt… (pause) and balsamic vinegar!
Her: (Removing them immediately and squinting, while playing the diva) Well, cucumber will make my eyes feel better…
Me: Where did you learn about cucumbers on eyes?!
Her: Eh… My Little Pony?!
I shared the episode with my husband and we had a (well overdue) laugh attack… and hopefully added some minutes to our crazy beautiful life. We also reminded ourselves of how fortunate we are.
Have a great week and don’t forget to slow down enough to love it.