It’s 1:02 p.m. Little Bit and I just finished lunch. He’s settled in for a 30 minute phonics video before his 1:30 nap.
And I just realized…
I haven’t brushed my teeth today.
Nor have I showered.
Nor have I accomplished the three errands I intended to run.
(Getting a haircut for Little Bit, returning some sandals that I had such high hopes for, and returning a few swimsuits I picked up in anticipation of our family beach trip that were utter disappointments. Have I ever mentioned that I loathe swimsuit shopping?)
Thankfully, I also haven’t left my house. So unless my three-year-old has noticed (and he would tell me if he had), I haven’t offended anyone with the fragrant combination of no shower and morning/coffee/lunch breath that I’ve got going on. (Which I’m certain, by the way, would send even my most loyal fans running for the hills!)
Moms, don’t judge.
And don’t tell me that’s never happened to you.
If you do, you’re lying.
Nonetheless, despite the lack of attention to my personal hygiene, and the fact that I checked nothing off my to-do list, today has been a fantastic day. Because today, I got completely wrapped up in my three-year-old.
I snuck my workout in while I watched him play dinosaurs outside the door of my workout room/office. (This is something we do most every Tuesday and Thursday.)
I built him a train track and watched him play while I sipped my morning coffee. (Don’t judge my train track building skills either.) The kid can make some fantastic train sound effects but when he puts the train in reverse, he makes a “beep beep beep” sound like a large truck backing up! (I think he’s picked that up from the sounds of the large work trucks that are involved in the construction of a park behind our house.)
We played no less than 15 games of CoCo the Rocking Clown. A huge hit with pre-schoolers in my house! And every time CoCo tumbled, Little Bit squealed with delight.
I taught him how to play Hi Ho Cherry-O. (That was interesting.)
We built a fire truck puzzle together.
And we had a lunch date.
Little Bit in his jammies. Me in my workout clothes.
And, along the way, we worked on some old skills and learned some new things.
- We we worked on playing in one place while mommy is on the treadmill.
- We exercised some problem-solving skills when the train tracks fell apart.
- We learned how to take turns during a game. And we learned that following the rules of the game is important.
- We learned the difference between “straight” and “crooked” puzzle pieces.
- And we learned that burping on purpose at the dinner table is NOT well-mannered. (Boys.)
Today was an important day. One that Little Bit and I spent purposefully together exploring the world through his precious eyes. So I don’t regret for one minute the neglect of my hygiene or the fact that I “got nothing done” today.
Because I accomplished a lot.
And now that I’ve tucked Little Bit into bed for what I hope will be a solid two-hour-nap before school pick-up, I’m off to brush my pearly whites and clean myself up a bit in anticipation of what lies ahead this afternoon.
But before I go, I’m curious to know.
Is there anything you haven’t “gotten done today” that you’re now thankful for? Where’s the blessing in the fact that your best-laid-plans got foiled? What unexpected things have you accomplished today in lieu of the items still sitting on your task list?
The task list can wait.
But the opportunities of today will be gone in the blink of an eye.