My car is in the shop, so my husband needed to drive us to work and school this morning. We were running a little behind schedule, but his car was on empty. We stopped at the WaWa near our house, and I let the girls come inside with me to pick doughnuts while he filled his tank.
I walked a few feet away to get my husband coffee and instructed the girls to make a quick decision. When I came back, they still had not chosen. I was encouraging them to move it along, and a woman who was also picking up a doughnut said, “Half the fun of the treat is the process of choosing. Don’t rush on my account.”
Right then I was reminded that the chores of life can sometimes be the treats.
I was rushing around trying to get things done, and all I saw were tasks. I forgot to see the world through the eyes of my children. I was on the verge of taking what was a treat to them and turning it into a chore. What is 30 more seconds in the big picture? This little moment was a sweet reminder to find the pleasure in living.
Some tasks that became a little sweeter today:
I had to grade a giant stack of reading reflections. = I had the honor of seeing a piece of each student’s heart as he or she shared personal thoughts, feelings, and ideas. There are some amazing and beautiful people in my classes.
I could not drive my car to work.= We got to spend an extra 20 minutes together as a family in the morning. The trip from point a to b was more enjoyable together.
There wasn’t time to eat breakfast at home and still put gas in the car.= We got to eat donuts for breakfast.
My children have not yet lost their eyes of wonder. If I take the time to see the world as they do, I will remember just how sweet life truly is.