Miss Those Kids

Sometimes all it takes is another persons opinion to change the way you see things:

While I was at the store a few days ago I noticed an older gentleman looking at my kids.  My first thought was that he was looking at my daughters sticky hands and face (from all the pb&J samples she had had), or my son jumping on and off the cart, and thinking things that would undoubtably hurt my feelings.

He walked over to us in line, smiled and said "Enjoy them.  They may be a pain a lot of the time, but remember to enjoy them.  Because when you get to be as old as me, you're sure going to miss them."  He then said something to the kids that made them both smile and walked away.

As the day went on I got to thinking just how right he was.  I love my kids with everything I have, but they can be a real pain some days.  His comment made me realize that instead of getting frusterated after cleaning up the millionth puddle of spilt milk, or wondering why they all insist on me rubbing their backs until they fall asleep each night, I should be thinking how much I have.

Since that day I've been trying to be more in the moment with them, and not make a big deal out of all the little things that don't really matter.  When I don't get stressed over spills and toys that don't get put away, we all have a better day.  Who knew that hanging out rubbing backs each night was where I'd hear the best stories, find out their biggest dreams, and realize just how lucky I really am.

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