Inchworm

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Today has been one of those kind of days. Little things piling up, one upon another, until the sum total reaches critical mass. Just to give you an idea, the icing on the cake was when the toilet overflowed while getting the girls ready for bed. Both were in there, both got wet. And it was Tasia who flushed it, so I couldn't 'catch' it with the plunger before the bathroom was flooded. Sigh....

It's one of those not-so-secret parts of parenting that you can't really 'get' until you go through it on your own. How on some days kids just being kids can drive you to the point of insanity.

Then while cuddling and singing to Katiana before bed, I got the perspective shift I so needed. I don't know why, but a few days ago I started singing 'Inchworm' to the girls before bed.

Picture me sitting on the floor in Katiana's semidark room snuggling with my little Katiana. She's wearing her favorite 'froggy' pjs. Hear, along with my own voice, her little 2 year old voice singing:

"Inchworm, inchworm,
Measuring the Marigolds,
Seems to me you'd stop and see,
How beautiful they are."

Here I was, at the end of a day when I'd have had the kids in bed by 5pm if I thought I could get away with it, looking into the content face of my littlest girl and singing about the value of the moment.

I'm not expressing myself very well and probably sound sappy and sentimental.

It's one of my favorite things, snuggling my Katiana before bed and having her sing along with my lullabies. Tonight reminded me that I need to slowwwww down to kid speed more often. Appreciate the moments more. Sure the kids can drive me crazy sometimes. But they grow up so quickly. I know that it will only be a blink and my Katiana will no longer fit in my lap like she does now. And there will be moments when I'll long to snuggle a little one again.

Sure, some things will be easier when the kids are older. I already see that with Tasia. But I'd better learn to appreciate the beauty of their 'now' moments because soon they'll be gone.

"Two and two are four, Four and four are eight....."


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