I enjoy spontaneity.
It's something in my personality, I think. I love last-minute trips and moments that present opportunities for unexpected fun. I was thinking about this the other day, how I tend to view life as an adventure--each day brings something unknown and potentially wonderful, and I love being in the middle of it.
And then I laughed because I was thinking these thoughts whilst flying down the highway ... with my kids. In my van. In Oklahoma.
It's safe to say that I do not, by any means, lead a life that many would consider daring or even noteworthy. Did I mention the Oklahoma and minivan parts?
I have a quote by Andy Warhol hanging in our piano room that says, "You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you." I know that on the surface, my life probably seems quite boring to most. I make waffles in a toaster and fold laundry and bandage boo-boos. I live in a quiet, rural neighborhood. With chickens.
And yet, to me, my life is adventurous. Whether it's a trip to the grocery store or to the science museum, I love seeing life through the eyes of my children. I love seeing life with them. The things that would ordinarily bore me suddenly come to life with my kids. Piles of laundry become mountains to climb and buying shampoo at Target becomes a treasure hunt. The days that leave us breathless, dirty, and exhausted from the fun we've had ... those are my favorite days.
I was thinking the other day of what I really want my kids to know from me, as their Mom. Of course I love them to the ends of the earth and I want them to know that, but I realized, too, that I really want my kids to know how much I enjoy them. It's always nice when you are with someone who enjoys your company and I want my kids to know the same. That yes, I love you more than words can express, but, you know what? I like you. I like our time together. Despite the rough patches and the messy parts, I really love being with you.
On the days where we pack up and see three smiling faces in the rear view mirror, we revel in the blessing of parenthood. We love that it's better than we hoped it would be. Some days it's harder, too, but we're thankful that we're all a work in progress, learning it together.
And a life that may seem mundane to most, is, to us, filled with possibility and joy.
The things that ordinarily bore us, suddenly thrill us.
And we're really thankful for that.
Have a lovely day.