There are many things I did not know about becoming a parent when I became a mother 4.5 years ago. One of the things I didn’t know about was how much I would learn from the little goobers.
Vince is teaching me about becoming more social and not to take things too seriously when it comes to hanging out with other folks. I watch him on the playground and I see him fearlessly go up to kids and say hi and then try and corral them into playing with him. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t and either way is OK with him. He’s teaching me that you just have to try and hang out with people, you never know who will be your next friend.
Edda is teaching me that everyday that I am alive and well is a gift. She is teaching me that no one can predict the future – so each day you need to do what you think is important and good.
My two children are teaching me that I must not take for granted the people that are around me – they are what make my world interesting and meaningful. I have made an effort this week to make dates – going to the zoo, hanging out and having coffee, having a playdate – with people I’ve known and people I’m getting to know and people I don’t know very well at all. You never know who is going to be your next friend or if a friend that you’ve known for a long time will move far away sometime soon and you won’t be able to see them for a long time. I’m trying not to procrastinate or be too busy (or too lazy) for these things.