The other day it hit me…I was having fun.
It is sad that this came as a shocking realization but thinking about it now I don’t spend my days hoping to have fun with my children.
The days begins with getting everyone clothed, fed and at least partly presentable before figuring out the to dos for the day and working play time around that schedule. During those to do breaks I often take a moment for myself to drink something while it is still hot and maybe scan my facebook feed for some sort of connection to the outside world. Then it is back to what needs to be done.
Honour and Journey are often with me during errand runs and this is what was happening the day I had the brainwave. We were waiting for my phone to be fixed and enjoying a Whopper Wednesday…hello! Journey was giggling at the table beside us, her face covered in apple sauce and Honour was trying to feed me french fries dipped in said apple sauce mmm, the perfect addition to my delicious burger. Sitting there, out of our normal routine, no need to look at the clock as we had plenty of time to waste while waiting for the phone guy, I laughed, smiled and played with my children throughout our lunch. We had nowhere to get to quickly, no event to get ready for and no clock watching. I had a moment to just be.
So in Burger King I let myself have fun with no other thought on my mind then to see this bubble in time through their eyes. The friendly girls beside us making silly faces at Journey, the construction workers waving at Honour as he peeked over the seat and me, listening to Honour’s stories, enjoying my fries and applesauce without the nagging feeling we had somewhere to be or some chore to get accomplished. Man it was freeing. (And there was no phone to whip out and snap a photo so I was much more present…another post for another day).
I had so much fun in a booth at Burger King that day. Please try it. Start something or go somewhere you can leave the clock behind. Watch your children, interact with them, make them laugh and stop when you want to, not when you need to.