The Gifts and Challenges

In chatting with my colleagues yesterday I was talking with one about the year starting. She mentioned that she’s planning to go in to the building to teach each day (an option we have available to us). She has a one year old and laughingly mentioned that her husband said, “But aren’t you enjoying this moment?”

She went on to say how much she has loved having time with her little one over the past few minutes. How it has been a gift to watch that cutie grow and change on a daily basis. At the same time, her little one needs constant attention which can become draining.

My kids are much older, but I feel similarly. I know I’ll look back at this time with such fondness for the opportunity to just be with my kids. No rushing to rehearsal or volunteering. No need to pick up supplies for a project or order a book one of them needs ASAP. We’ve been able to have conversations and laugh and cry and just be together. I am truly grateful for that.

At the same time, I said to my colleague, “You should say to your husband, ‘I am enjoying this moment but I’d like to enjoy some other moments too’.”

I adore my kids and we’ve mostly all been getting along. (We’ll see what happens when the stress of school truly kicks in for all of us…) and still, I would like other kinds of moments in my life too.

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