Yesterday, I got a call from my daughter asking if I wanted to go to the Columbia Sportswear Employee store. She gets employee discount privileges there as they are partners with the hotel she works for. Everything in the store is at least 50% off. So I went out with them. I got what I wanted to get: weather proof shoes, a light jacket, and a “snow suit” (not for me but for someone I’ll be sharing about soon). They were still shopping and the kids were getting antsy so I gave my daughter the money for my purchases and went out with the kids. We walked around in the parking lot as there’s not a lot to do there (kind of an industrial area). But the kids still loved it. We looked at the trees in the lot, most of which have pretty colored leaves right now and we talked about why the leaves change colors. They picked up pretty leaves and brought them home like they were treasures! We looked at the moon rising and talked about why it was only a half moon and not a circle. We sang songs and practiced counting.
They were so happy just being outdoors and getting their pretty leaves. I was happy too and it occurred to me that this is what it’s about: being in the moment with them; enjoying them; loving them.
I feel so lucky to have these little moments with them. I hope I have many more.