Me: “You should’ve seen Jett yesterday, lying on the floor, laughing so hard at his big brother and his big brother laughing so hard right back.”
Dad: “You can never re-do those moments. They come and go so fast. You can recreate moments when you are an adult. But, you can’t recreate those moments when they are children.”
My thoughts hung on my dad’s words for the rest of the day. I’ve written about soaking up moments like these before. But, I guess we can never be reminded too often to take notice of them.
To be present.
So yesterday, after a long day of meetings, errands, and checking on my sick 8 year old, I came home and saw a little 18 month old running around my house. There were so many things on my to-do list even after I made it home.
That’s what I said to myself. And, Kris knew my list was waiting for me. So, I looked at him and said, “Do you care if I just play with Jett a while?”
“Have at it!” he said.
So, that’s what I did. He laughed at me, and he made me laugh. I listened to him repeat words I said, and I smiled.
Forget the busy schedules, forget the to-do lists. Stop being overwhelmed by things that really don’t matter. Enjoy the people in your life. And, be fully, FULLY present with them.
Because, you will never, ever be able to redo these moments.