I don’t know about you, but I always seem to have a to-do list a mile long. Don’t get me wrong, I love my lists. I have been a list-maker from the age of eleven, and I was hooked from the minute I scratched my first item off. You know that feeling? Hearing the pen scratch the paper as you cross out a much hated chore is like the whispering of freedom. At least until next week!
Like most of you, I have a million things to do and too few hours to do them in. I often get so consumed with working, doing homework and chores that I forgot about my kids. Oh, sure, I stay home with them, but to honest these last few weeks it feels like they’ve been more entertained by the TV. It’s like that sometimes, isn’t it? When we have so much to get done that we let them keep themselves busy?
It’s always fun to rediscover that you genuinely enjoy spending time with your kids. After a busy week during which I wrote my last paper—eleven pages, mind you—for one of my classes, I finally felt like I could release a breath I’d been holding for months. For better or for worse, I was finished. My kids have been missing spending time with me, because my oldest dragged me outside with them and wouldn’t let me leave. We played ball, they took turns being pushed down the slide, and we just generally acted silly.
It was nice to forget the drudges of adulthood for a few minutes and just play with my girls. After their nap, I put on some music, cranked it up, and my oldest and I danced while getting dressed. It was so relaxing and uplifting to just let loose, and made even better by having fun with my kids!
I love my girls, and sometimes I get so caught up in my lists that I don’t spend enough good, quality time with them. Sure, I feed and clothe them and make sure they’re doing OK, but I forget to have fun, and just enjoy this time with them. I am trying to do it more now, because these years won’t last. I will graduate one day, and I will get a job, but my little girls will never be this age again. It’s time to enjoy it while I can! My to-do lists will always be there when I get back.