It was love at first sight.
This was easily in the top 5 funnest things I’ve done in my life. Running through the waves with her, with complete disregard for anything else, was brilliant. I’m a little over-the-top where my dog is concerned, but this precious soul brings me true joy. Joy that is totally in the moment and all encompassing.
There are moments when the endless cleaning, coaching, cooking, chauffeuring, mediating, guiding, juggling, and just plain talking can push you right up to and maybe send the tips of your toes over the edge of your breaking point. Then, the moments where you’re breathless with the urgency that the entire world needs to know the greatness of your child, sneak up and hit you with the weight of knowing that never in a all of your imaginings did you ever dare imagine they would be just as great as they are. Love them as hard as you can, guide them as best you can and revel in their beauty.
Right smack in the swing of the day yesterday, my 5 year old daughter started to spin out. Nothing major, just pretty much in the typical way you might imagine a 5 year old spinning out…pestering her siblings, being bossy, and demanding…kind of just being bratty. 99% of the time this means one thing, she needs attention. She needed me, my undivided attention, to be understood, to be heard. So, although it didn’t really fit the schedule of the day, I stopped what I was doing and gave her what she needed. About two hours of the two of us painting with watercolors. It worked, she was back to her brilliant self in no time. Later that day I was part of a conversation about how basically, our entire society is in need of the same thing. We are all in such need of attention, being noticed, heard, love, peace, and a break. I wonder how we can get to this?