18 Mar Slice of Life: Living Beyond the To-Do List #SOL17
All I want to do is go to bed. It’s been a crazy busy week. I am trying to finish up a few last things I need to do to settle my brain for the night. I have a few more tasks and sleep will be mine. I can hear my pillow calling to me.
Hey, Mom. Do you want to play a game?
That is not my pillow. I take a deep breath. When your fifteen-year old son asks you to play a game there is no other answer than SURE!
Sure. Do you mind setting it up while I finish this email?
Want to play up here?
He runs downstairs, gets the game and begins to clear off the table in my office. I can hear the tiles click and know he chose my favorite game. I remember that parenting is more than a to do list. It is not about making sure you do everything perfectly or being on every committee. It is not something you do, it is sharing a piece of who you are every day and helping them figure out who they are at the same time. There is no magic bullet or clear path. There are many lessons learned and countless unanswered questions. It is not something you can control or something you stop doing at a certain age. There are many worries and moments of joy that words cannot describe. It is intense and comforting at the same time.
I close my computer, turn off my phone and set aside my to-do list. Tomorrow is another day. Today is happening right now.