Thursday, August 4, 2011
My friend recommended this book to me and I feel as though, at times, I could've written it. Like pieces of it are my story. The writer shares her passion for celebrating life's everyday moments. We spend so much time beating ourselves up with the lies that we are not enough. We push and we strive trying to be better at this or maybe we'll find our success at that. We're searching and running and budgeting and pushing and trying harder than we ever have and at the end of the day is still that nagging sense of "I am not enough." We're told to save more, work harder, aim higher and in the end don't you just find it all a bit exhausting?
Today as I sat on the deck and read I could hear the girls giggling underneath me. They pulled out the slip'n'slide and were running as fast as their little legs would take them to throw themselves onto a 19 dollar piece of plastic covered in water and feel the elation of sliding down the hill as fast as they could go. They're not worried about the budget or the weather or the news. They're just living every single minute of their little lives to the fullest!
Yesterday I walked outside to find them playing house, complete with laundry drying on the line, having the time of their lives. In fact, they head outside as soon as they're able and I don't see them inside the house again until dinner. Neighbor girls come over (all ages) and they run and bike and play four square.
Over the years our family has been through some pretty extreme times and through it all we've decided that we are going to have some fun! Maybe we're not saving quite as much as Dave Ramsey tells us to but we are having the time of our lives and making some great memories while we're at it.
I want to leave you with a quote from Shanuna Nieguist the author of Cold Tangerines
"There will be a day when our family as we know it will no longer exist, and I want to know in that moment that I wasn't at the office or doing the dishes when I could have been walking on the dock with my dad, when I could have been drinking tea and eating ginger cookies on the porch with my mom. I don't want to be building my bank account or my abs or my dream home when I could be dancing with Aaron at the beach bar on New Years Eve, when I could be making crackers and cheese for dinner because we were on the boat till way after the shops closed, sunburnt and sandy and windblown, and happier there and together than anywhere else with anyone else."
And that about sums it up for me! I want to enjoy each and every moment that I have with the people I love. I didn't walk the dock with my dad today but he did meet me and the girls at Chipotle for lunch and when Neal arrived home from work I sure greeted him with the biggest smile and lingered out on the warm, sunny deck with him long after dinner was over and the girls had returned to the playhouse listening to the aspects of his day and making plans for a possible road trip to Disneyland in the future. Now as I finish typing this my puppy is cuddled up against my thigh, the sun is just about to set over the water, the girls will soon be put to bed, and then neal and I will snuggle on the couch. THAT is success! And don't ever let anyone tell you otherwise!