In the morning, when Samuel wakes up, he grabs all of his bedtime stuff – pillow, john deere blankets, stuffed animals – and then comes down with me and sits on my lap. His little head, with that blond hair sticking up in the back, rests on my shoulder, and he’s content to just sit there. There’s no agenda for him – it’s this time of waking up, of being with me, of just being – his agenda isn’t about busy stuff to get done.
We’re only given a window of time where they fit on our laps, or want to hear a story late at night, or want to ride in the front seat and go get coffee with you, or share the wonder of the rainbow found in the sky. What are we doing with these moments? Are we aware and willing to let go of the urgent to-do lists? Or are we just racing through them thinking that we can grab onto that snapshot of time tomorrow? These moments are finite….you can’t go back and grab them again. You can embrace them today, but you need to slow down, and to train yourself to let go of the agenda and take the time.
Don’t rush through today to just get to tomorrow. The tomorrows will come and eventually these sweet moments will just become nostalgic memories. My Captain America loving Samuel is growing up and for now I’m going to sit on our worn couch with him in my lap and I’m going to breathe deep – remembering these mornings with him and his sleepy body waking up in my arms. .
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