This afternoon, as I was driving home from work, my mind was focused on all the things I need to get done. I have a meeting tomorrow that I need to prepare for. I wanted to get on the treadmill (I’ve been eating a bit too much pre-Valentine’s Day chocolate). I wanted to check my email and Facebook. I had lots & lots of stuff to tick off my mental to-do list.
When I picked my daughter up at daycare she was in a great mood. We walked to the car holding hands as she delighted in the falling snow – throwing her head back so the snowflakes could land on her tongue. She looked at me and said “Mommy when we get home let’s build a snowman!” My first thought was, I can’t build a snowman tonight – when will I get my workout done? When will I do all of those other things?
But as we drove home, her sheer excitement about the idea of playing outside in the snow was enough to get me to re-check my priorities. As a mom that works outside of the home, I don’t get to see my daughter that much during the week. If she wanted to make a snowman, well gosh darn-it, I needed to make that happen.
So tonight we did this:
And of course some of this:
Kids have an amazing way of helping us focus on what really matters, and tonight, what mattered most was enjoying the moment with my favorite little girl in the whole world. And I’m so glad I did!