Inspirational Internet Meme says:  “Appreciate the Little Things”

I say:  “I have been up since 3:18am with a baby who’s been sick on and off (but more on) for six months.  I am too freakin’ TIRED to appreciate anything.  I have laundry piled to the ceiling, a to-do list five pages long and I just found three-day old macaroni and cheese stuck to my floor at the same time I noticed I’m out of paper towels.  I don’t have TIME to appreciate the little things.”

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This morning as I was downing my third cup of coffee, questioning if I put on deodorant, I came across an article about a Florida woman who wrote her own obituary and at the end she wrote: “I was born; I blinked; and it was over.” 

Whoa. 

This made me think back to that meme urging me to appreciate the “Little Things.”    It’s time to take a deep breath and take a moment to remind myself that life really does go by “in the blink of an eye.”   It’s time to think about the Little Things in my life, for they will become the Big Things in the end.

 

Here are some of my favorite Little Things…

The time I caught them watching TV together…

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This messy, happy face…

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The pride on his face as he rode his first carnival ride by himself…

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When I peeked around the corner and saw this…

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The bond forming between grandson and grandfather…

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The way he looks at me…

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A kiss from my big boy…

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The first warm day of spring…

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The random, everyday chaos as I try to cook dinner…

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The first time in a swing…

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The quiet moment just before he wakes up…

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One day, it will be over for you too.  And when it is, the Little Things strung together will play back in a silent slide show, flashing and blinking in front of you – the smiles, the messy faces, dirty feet, big hugs and little kisses.  So as they are happening today, pay attention and put them in a safe place for when it’s your turn to blink one last time.