May 9, 2012 by mamacravings
Our world is focused on ladders. There is the career ladder, the social ladder, the ranking of your little one’s preschool, a Likert scale of stars judging your latest purchase on Amazon…While these ladders can be used to inspire, connect and to make the best purchase choice, they can also distract from what is important, such as not spending all one’s time on ladders.
One of my biggest fears as a mother (besides the obvious) is that I won’t take the time to sit still. I want to cherish the time that Eli is snuggling with me during cartoons and thinks that I am the funniest person in the world, besides his daddy. His daddy does a killer “Itsy Bitsy Spider”.
I have even scheduled “sit still” time in my planner. How ladder-like. However, I have found that there are days when scheduling a moment to breathe, enjoy and take account of how my little one has grown in just a day’s time is necessary.
This past weekend was one such scheduled time. While it didn’t have “sit still” penciled in, there was a colorful sticker with “Family Weekend” printed on it. Eli birthday present was concert tickets to his favorite band. We decided to make a weekend of it, but not to schedule anything but the concert and a visit to see my best friend (who lives close to our weekend destination).
We spend a good portion of our weekend reading books, snuggling, and just enjoying each other’s company. Eli and I took the time to chat, which can prove challenging with a two-year old. But I was shocked out how his language development has blossomed into mispronounced but reasonably follow-able and definitely delightful conversations.
We played motorcycles. We counted the cars in the parking lot. We marveled at our view from the hotel window. We discussed colors and sang songs. It was one of my very favorite family vacations. It wasn’t fancy. It certainly won’t rank as the most exciting, well planned out, fun-packed weekend, but it was perfection. All because we took the time to sit still.