“Go up to the bathroom!” I said firmly to my daughter.
I was frantically packing folders with school papers and reheating leftover pasta for my daughter’s lunch. The bus would be at our house in less than 20 minutes and we had made zero progress on our getting-ready-for-school routine. And, yet my daughter stood there in her pajamas watching me run around the kitchen trying to get things ready with no sense of urgency at all.
“Go up to the bathroom NOW! The bus is on its way!” I said again loudly. I threw the thermos into her little lunch box and zipped it up as my heart raced with anxiety.
“You’re a good mom,” my daughter said calmly.
“What?” I said softly, instantly knocked down a peg back into the reality of the moment.
“You’re a good mom for making my lunch.”
You, guys. My heart. I felt like the Grinch, as my shriveled heart swelled to fill my chest. Gosh. My little girl said just what I needed to hear with such sincerity. It just stopped me in my tracks.
There are so many lessons that can be learned from this small interaction:
Stop and take a deep breath.
Things will get done whether you stress about them or not.
Slow down and be in the moment.
Even when you are feeling like a mess and a failure of a mom, your kids still think the world of you.
Thank you for teaching me these lessons, my love. Today and everyday.