It is often when I’m driving with my children that I realize the errors of my ways. Too much time spent worrying, rushing, giving time & attention to those with letters after their names instead of two wee ones far more important than everyone else combined. This weekend someone I respect perhaps more than anyone else here on earth told me my children are thriving. She said that not based on perfect test scores or suddenly meeting every milestone age appropriately, instead she looked at the whole child - the joy they embody, the love they give and receive, the ability they have to laugh at themselves and the resilience that runs through their veins. And as I was driving with my little loves in the car today I watched them showing kindness to each other, forgiving each other, planning great adventures for when we arrived home, discussing just who they would help when they grew up and singing a song they made up about their family, our family. And I wanted to proclaim ”look how far we’ve come”.
My hope is I learn to push out the noise of how far we have to go and instead mindfully appreciate where we are today in this journey. I hope I stop thinking of myself as needing to teach them and instead I remind myself it is when I really listen to my children that I learn from them. They really are my teachers, my mentors, my hopes and my dreams. There is nothing I could teach them that they couldn’t teach me tenfold.