We become what we want to be by consistently being what we want to become each day.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

We took a breather...

James "escaped" the house while I was switching out the laundry.  He thought he was getting away, but I heard him leave and soon followed.  He hopped on his trike and headed straight for the little park at the end of our cul-de-sac.  I was in pursuit with every intention of hauling him back to the house, kicking and screaming.  But as I caught up to him at the park, he had already taken off for the slide and the breeze felt nice, almost fall-like, and he looked so happy that I figured the loads of laundry and sink piled with dishes could wait a few more minutes.
He slid down the slide, rolled in the sand and scooped the sand into the "trunk" of his tricycle.  I enjoyed the cool breeze, bouncing Milly on my knee and listening to the birds sing and flit from tree to tree.  I was able to breathe.  It was very cleansing and calming.  I sat there thinking about how often that little almost 3 year old is told what to do, where to go, and how fast (hurry, hurry!)  I loved just watching him move at his own pace and make his own decisions-climb, slide, roll in the sand.
After about 15-20 minutes, James says "go home?"  So, I followed him home.  I put on a movie for him and am sitting here typing while nursing Milly to sleep.  Then it will be back to the laundry and such.  I could have spent the past half hour fighting a tantrum instead of enjoying a little break in the "great outdoors!"  Maybe it's good to follow a two year old every once in a while!


Laura said...

sounds like fun! thanks for the reminder of what i need to do WAY more often!

Alan and Jeni said...

Love this post. :)