I have had little, if any, time to blog over the past year, and if time did arise I usually spent it sitting. Just sitting, trying not to make eye contact with the stuffed animals that begged to be picked up for the tenth time that day. But tonight, almost exactly to the minute that I was born 26 years ago, I have to take time and reflect.
This birthday has been significant to me as it is the first one with a toddler. The past months have been a new sort of crazy and the busyness that surrounds a walking child could not have been imagined. I mean, you can imagine it, but you always think ‘Oh, it can’t be that bad’…well it is, in a wonderful sort of way! Watching Honour experience his world for the first time, taking notice of even the tiniest pebble or small sharp object on the ground makes for full, breath taking days. As other parent’s know, probably even to a fuller extent as I only have one so far, your days are packed and the nights are often long, and it was during this birthday weekend that I truly appreciated just sitting.
Friday started with 2 pints of Ben and Jerrys, 2 spoons, a good flick and of course my husband to share that all with (yes, that equals one pint each) 🙂 Saturday was a day of sitting on a patio for hours with my Clark ladies while my thoughtful husband took care of our son. This is where my appreciation for quiet set in. I had the chance to focus on conversation, eat my meal with both eyes on my food and putting my knife and fork down between bites. It was absolutely splendid. This time was so taken for granted before children, I mean heck, I even took for granted taking a daily shower. But as I sat there soaking in the sun, the chit chat and the feeling of not rushing to pick up my son or stop him from poking his eye out with my knife, I was overwhelmed with the peace that is available to us. The peace of sitting with my family on both days was exactly what was needed in this insanely busy time of life.
Sunday breakfast, just the three of us, memories were created as Honour spoke new words and allowed us to finish our meal at a decent pace. The afternoon was spent relaxing by the pool, swimming with my son, watching him interact with his Aunty, Nanny and Granddad and enjoying another delicious meal cooked by my Mummy. I could enjoy a glass of wine while Aunty Hannah watched Honour and once again sitting was the best gift given…that is definitely NOT to say that the top of the line vacuum Mum and Dad got me was not absolutely awesome (actually can’t wait for Monday to try it out…so sad).
So, as I drove home from my parent’s home and looked back over my birthday weekend I could not get over what a treasure these two days were to me. I am thankful, from the bottom of my heart, to my husband, for caring for our son so well that I did not have to worry a bit. To my Mother-in-law for planning our peaceful winery luncheon with the beautiful Grams, Felicity and Jessica. The afternoon was exactly what I needed, and the timing could not have been better! To my baby sister, for keeping tabs on Honour so well I once again do not have to worry and for always keeping me young with our chats. Finally, to my parents, for constantly sharing your home, your wine, your laughter and your tasty meals. You also have a way with Honour that allows my mind to calm down (well, as much as a mother’s can). The weekend you all put together for me has been amazing, thank you.
Thank you for allowing me to sit. I love you all!
Now…time to vacuum.