Yesterday, we celebrated our niece Annie’s 4th birthday. The poor thing wasn’t feeling well for most of it which meant the beginning half was spent with Ellie. She and I decorated the kitchen with balloons, played princesses, played with squirt guns outside, she showed me how she eats cabbage straight out of her parents’ garden, and then she even wanted to snuggle for a few seconds. (Melt.)
Annie did eventually come out to be with us as soon as she heard the words “cake” and “presents” (could you blame her??) – we sang Happy Birthday, she blew out the candles with the help of Ellie, and then she opened gifts and continued to let all of us know which present was her favorite. She’d say, “I like this one, but this one is the best.” ha. She even forced herself outside to ride her brand new bike.
Since I’m not a parent (yet), I think sometimes I forget what it’s like to be around kids. It’s like they give you this secret energy – an energy you didn’t know you missed until you were reminded of it (and also an energy that only lasts for a short time until you’re utterly exhausted, with a sore back and bubbles water stuck in your hair). In seconds you can find yourself lost in this make-believe playtime, in a world with fairies and balloons and dress-up clothes, and squirt guns and bouncy balls. And obviously all of this is normal during this time. And it’s okay for Ariel to wear Belle’s dress – I mean, if she wants to.
It’s 8pm on Sunday and I feel fabulous. I mean, I’m definitely ready for bed but I feel happy and light and it’s like I’ve been reminded to not sweat the small stuff, and to just enjoy the present moment – to play. I’m reminded that balloons make just about any event better. I’m reminded to eat some cabbage straight from the garden. (But bring a squirt gun because you’re gonna want to wash the dirt off.) I’m reminded to throw on a princess crown. To laugh a big ol’ belly laugh BECAUSE I CAN. So… that’s my to-do today on this Monday and I’m sharing it with you. Eat your veggies, think like a queen, and laugh like no one will make fun of you if you start to snort or something. BECAUSE YOU CAN.
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