I’m so excited that 5 minute friday is back! Every friday a group of us write for 5 minutes flat (no editing) using the 1 word prompt from Mrs. Lisa Jo Baker :)
This week’s prompt is opportunity
My one-word for the year is “listen”. There were multiple reasons for choosing that word, (you can read all about them here) but one of the big ones was that I feel like I miss so many opportunities with my kiddos each day.
It’s tiring and tedious to sit and play with dump trucks for hours and hours every day. It can get borring (shhhh don’t tell!) and sometimes I’m tired of playing. but my children are little. The oldest is 2 and the youngest is 5 months. The main way we interact is through play. The biggest opportunity I get to show them my love is to play with them. Even when it’s borring, even when I’m sick of building train tracks and singing the same song over and over.
I don’t want to miss the opportunity to show them love. I don’t want to miss the opportunity to watch them grow up, to laugh with them, to tickle them and to listen to their stories. To hug and cuddle my little princess while she’s still young enough to let me.
I don’t want to let these precious moments pass me by. And so I pause, and listen, and sieze the opportunities. I try to say “yes” more when my little boy calls out “MAMA PLAY (with) YOUUUU” at the top of his little lungs petitioning me to notice his charms. Asking me to join him in the thing that brings him the most joy. Playtime.
Playing is a small thing. In and of itself it feels rather meaningless. But it’s an opportunity to share love. And that, I don’t want to miss.
After I wrote this I realized this is definitely a “confession of an imperfect mother” so I am adding this to the series. To see other posts in this series and to read what the imperfect motherhood series is all about click on the image below!