She looked up at me, her face beaming, and exclaimed "mom, look I did it ALLLLL by myself!" In sheer amazement, I saw that not only did she really do it all by herself; but she also managed to keep from spilling a drop! I may or may not have had to pick my jaw up off the floor!
In my slightly micromanaging ways I wanted to take it all off and repaint her nails so it didn't look like she had dipped each fingertip in the bottle. Than it hit me, "why do I care if her polish is on every inch of her fingertip? She is so proud of her accomplishment...who am I to take away that moment?!"
You guys, this last week I have had many ah-ha moments like this. Moments of clarity, moments of gratitude in little tiny daily routinely stuff. Moments of reflection and contemplation. I can honestly truly say these last couple weeks, my outlook on life has changed. I guess people call that a change of perspective?! :-)
You see, I am that person who tends to (even though I try hard not to) get a little verklempt over the small stuff . Ya know, the small stuff like how the toilet paper is placed, or potty mishaps, dusty dressers, unfolded clothes, emails that need to be read and replied to, projects that need to be finished...oh and a toddler who never lets me brush her hair.
You know that idiom "don't make a mountain out of a molehill" or as my grandpa so eloquently use to say "life's to damn short to fret about pit stains".
As my girls seem to change with each passing day I am finding just how true this statement is! For my kids, I want to be that mom that they admire and love to be with. The one who brings them joy; and one who they can trust, and relate to. I can't be that mom if I sweat the small stuff...so touche grandpa, touche.
"Mothers have these small miracles in their lives every day. They are our children. And the time to enjoy them is right now."