Life lessons (even a lesson in perspective) can come from the most surprising sources, in my case my sweet 2 year old. Every day, every moment there is a lesson to learn if we are just quiet enough, patient enough, or most importantly observant enough to learn it.
Back in March when we were all sick all the time, James and I cleaned the house from top to bottom. We laundered EVERYTHING! All the bed sheets and all the stuffed animals too. I have a “secret” way that I launder stuffed animals. I’ll share it soon. Promise.
Anyway, one of Cakey’s favorite stuffed animals her penguin pillow pet got damaged. Luckily, she was not around when James and I discovered it. I put “Ping,” as she calls him, in our office so that I could fix him later. Of course, later is relative and I was in no hurry to fix him.
The other day I was in the office working while the girls napped. Cakey got up super early (actually she didn’t even nap but that’s another story) and joined me. I told her to let me finish writing, then we could go play, and have a snack. While Cakey was wondering around the office she found “Ping.” She was so excited and wanted to play with him right away. I told her he was ripped and had a boo-boo that needed to be fixed before she could play with him.
Cakey responded with, “Fix. Peas.”
I said, “Yes, sweetie. Just give me a minute.”
A few seconds later, “Mama? Fix. Peas.”
“Yes. Cakey, just let me finish.”
About the time she started to ask for the third time, I realized that to her fixing this penguin was the most important thing in the world. While to me fixing “Ping” was very low on my list of things to do. I needed to stop and look at things from her perspective. Instead of trying to explain, reason, or postpone her any longer, I decided I could postpone my writing and fix her penguin/problem.
And you know what?
I know I made the right choice. Listening to her “tank ou’s” over and over as I stitched “Ping” up was totally worth my little delay. As were the sweet kisses she gave “Ping” to comfort him while I fixed his boo-boos. The best reward was her smile when I finished and handed him over to her waiting arms. Watching Cakey happily hug “Ping” just warmed my heart.
And guess what? Mommy got a surprise too!
Cakey was content to play quietly with “Ping” for the next 30 minutes. This not only allowed me time to finish what I was writing but allowed me to quickly write this sweet story up too!
I’m pretty sure I got the better end of this transaction. A lesson in perspective, 30 minutes of quiet time for 10 minutes of work, and a new story to tell.
Everyday, every moment there is a lesson to learn if we are just quiet enough, patient enough, or most importantly observant enough to learn it. These lessons sometimes come from the most surprising sources!
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