Monday, December 06, 2010

Taking the long view...

I'm no different from anyone else and I am usually thinking about what is next in the hour, the day and maybe the week. It is easy for me to get bogged down in the dailiness of being a mama... the laundry, the dishes, the homework, bathes, etc. This morning I was doing the dailiness of keeping my family feed, clothed and our house somewhat clean. I was picking up things in Lillian's room and wiping off all of the surfaces of the room. I picked up countless bits of paper from crafts and attempted to get Sharpie, crayon, glitter, glue, etc off of EVERY surface. I sat down at her desk to organize it a bit and I looked around. I had this sweet moment of seeing the long view of my life and Lillian's. It just hit me that this sweet, creative/destructive little girl of mine would sooner than it seems be a woman Sharpie-ing her own house. My house would be "clean"- free from bits of papers and countless signs and things would not be written on. And I was very surprised that I felt really sad about that. Lillian is the color in my life and it will be a sad day when she no longer writes on EVERYTHING. I don't think as a mom we can hang on to the the long view constantly. We still need to clean up and do dinner and homework, but we can put Sharpies in our daughter's stocking. I'm so very glad that Lillian is my daughter. She is such a gift to me.

3 comments:

christan said...

I love this post, Melanie. Thank you for this reminder - from one mom of a creative, full of life daughter to another...

peter said...

You are awesome Melanie.
I love you and I'm glad the long view includes you always by my side.

Sara D. said...

I REALLY needed this today. REALLY. Because I am deep in the trenches of the everyday stuff, and pulling out of it is really difficult. REALLY. Now I'm just trying to see how many times I can say REALLY in one comment.

Really.