Friday, October 23, 2009

time

There’s never enough of it. Like most of you reading this blog, I’m busy. Juggling three kids, a part-time job, a work-from-home editing gig, and finishing a novel has proven to be a bit much. And before you get too impressed, keep in mind that by “finishing a novel” I mean “spending a few hours editing and writing at some point every week.”

Since there’s never enough of it, I’m learning to make time for what’s really important to me. I try to carve out time each day for each of my kids. Sometimes it’s just ten minutes of one-on-one conversation at the end of the day, or a game of yahtzee or chess (I’m learning! And believe it or not, the kids are teaching me).

Last week, I was story mom in Twin B’s class, and I decided to surprise him and take him out for lunch before my volunteer shift. I dropped the preschooler off to play at a neighbor’s house and caught B. as he was waiting in line to go into the cafeteria. I hope I never forget the look on his face when I called his name and invited him out to lunch. His entire face lit up, and he just grinned as he followed me out to the van. We chatted over burgers at Wendy’s and he kept saying, “I just can’t stop saying thank you!”

It wasn’t just the burger he was thanking me for. It was the time. He knows I’m busy and have a million things I could be doing with an hour of free time. The fact that I was choosing to spend time with him—not because I have to, but because I want to—made a huge statement to him. You’re special. I enjoy you. You’re worth my time.

We all get 24 hours a day. How will you spend yours?

6 comments:

Leslie said...

Sometimes it feels like your posts are written just for me.

Stacey @ Tree, Root, and Twig said...

What a sweet post! I've realized lately that I've filled up my time with so much mom "stuff" that it's getting in the way of me actually being a MOM (if that makes any sense). I keep having to remember what I'm here for, and that how I spend my time is a painfully honest representation of my priorities. Get my priorities in line, spend my time in the right ways, and I'll be good to go. Not always easy, but very worth it!

Charity Singleton said...

LOVE THIS! I see my time and others' as gifts we give to each other and to Jesus. Sometimes when I get especially busy, it makes me wonder what my time allottments are saying about my priorities. Thanks for sharing this precious story.

Keri Wyatt Kent said...

We're all busy--but if we can choose to be unhrried, and take the time to do something like this, we'll find the joy we can't find by running around like crazy. Great post!

Marmot Mom said...

The best times of our lives with the people we love come in moments, not days and weeks. Congratulations...you've discovered the secret of being a wonderful mommy!!!! Well done Llama Girl!

spaghettipie said...

An awesome and timely reminder. Time is precious, for sure.

Also loved your chicken post - made me laugh out loud! Mine is like that too...full of imagination.