I started my month long sabbatical from work this past weekend. Soon we’ll be vacationing in Costa Rica and I have a million things to do! Laundry, shopping, cleaning, organizing, packing, etc. You know how it goes.
My most anticipated part about this sabbatical is getting to spend my days with Evelyn instead of the typical daycare drop-off during the work week. Well, between all the errands and organizing for our big trip, I realized I was neglecting my yearning to just slow down and spend quality time with my daughter. I was writing my to-do list when Evie took my hand and led me to the sliding doors facing our backyard. She wanted to go play outside.
I started to think about all the things I just added to my to-do list and thought, it can wait. I quickly packed up the stroller and we headed to a nearby park. We waved to dogs and people along the way and pointed out squirrels, bunnies and flowers. As soon as we got to the park, I let her out of the stroller and we ran towards the play-set. I’m pretty sure we went down the slide at least 25 times, swung on the swing a handful of times, and chased after all the birds in sight.
I looked at her enjoying the park without a care in the world. She spread her arms out wide and tried to fly like the birds. I joined her, spreading my arms just like her and running around yelling, “tweet, tweet, tweet!” We laughed and sat on the new green grass, picking dandelions. I allowed myself to notice the trees, sprouting buds and starting to look more colorful. I was shocked that we were the only people in this huge park. And then I remembered, it’s Monday afternoon. It’s a work day. Not everyone is lucky enough to get this day off to be carefree and spend time with their kids.
I think we all need to remember that even though we have a million things to do, sometimes, it can wait. Take advantage of the moments you get to spend with your kids and make it meaningful. I am so thankful for this day and the time off I have ahead to be with my family.
What are the things on your to-do list that can wait just a little while longer?
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