I honestly said a little prayer to God to please, despite The Busy, give me moments...moments with my girls that will feel special, slow down time a little, because there's nothing I regret more than not enjoying moments.
Yesterday I was all caught up in running here to there, and everywhere. I felt like I was in a constant state of go go go, drop kids off, go to work, run there, pick kids up, organize someone to be home by X time so we could be somewhere by X time, meet somebody by this time, go here, there, everywhere, blah blah blah. It was exhausting. But that was my day. Ok, it's my entire week if I'm being honest.
But yesterday afternoon, amidst the crazy, I had a doctors appointment for Lucy. Luckily Declan could manage to leave a bit early to be home with Em so I didn't have to deal with a rascally two year old at the doctors, too with my bum back*.
As we were sitting in the waiting room I watched as a mother and her seemingly ill daughter, probably, I'd say, about a 2nd grader, come out of the room, obviously done with their appointment. They said goodbye to the nurse/receptionist and were all ready to head out the door.
Except, the daughter stopped....saw the kids show that was playing on the big screen in the waiting room, and kind of zeroed in on it. Instead of hurrying her daughter along (which honestly...is probably what I would have done), I watched as the mother took notice that her daughter was obviously interested, and do you know what she did? She sat down. The mom sat down. And patted the seat next to her for her daughter to sit, too, and watch the show.
All checked out of the doctors office, obviously ready to leave, keys in hand---but she took a few extra minutes to just slow down with her little girl.
I heard her make a few little comments to her, all with a smile, "you know, baby, most people leave the doctors when they're done...not stay and hang out in the waiting room..." Me and the mother exchanged glances and I smiled at her.
Honestly, that small little act? It spoke to me. Here I am, rushing, rushing, rushing through my day. Going here, there and everywhere, on a time schedule, go-go-go busy, and it was nice, so nice, really, to get this lesson in SLOWING DOWN.
That's exactly what I saw. I saw this mother take a second to slow down with her daughter and just enjoy a moment. To spare the few extra minutes and just sit beside her, heck, in the doctors waiting room, even.
Sometimes you can't help when you have a busy week. I know I can't. I don't always control all those factors with all the hats we juggle---but I do know that I'm in control of slowing down. Savoring moments. Taking in an extra snuggle or cuddle on a rainy morning with my girls before the hustle and bustle of the day begins. Or heck, right smack in the middle of the hustle and bustle.
That lady? She taught me a lesson yesterday.
*I'm having back issues like whoa on top of everything else. My lower back is basically pulled out and it's awful, especially lifting kids...gah! So I will take any and all prayers for a quick healing. :)