I thought I would share a moment I had with my son last week that was simple, yet very eye opening.
My 2 and a half year old, my boyfriend, and I made a snowman after a pretty good snowstorm. It was a pretty awesome snowman, if I do say so myself. The temperature was just below freezing, making perfect packing snow. Three perfectly round balls of snow stacked on top of each other, with strategically placed rocks for eyes and buttons, an old hat atop his head, mister potato head’s nose, and sticks for arms. For about a week following, the temperature dropped into the single digits. (Fahrenheit) This made our snowman last for so long that we all began to get used to him. My son waved and yelled, “goodbye, snowman!” everyday as we pulled out of the driveway on the way to daycare.
Well, we all know snowmen cannot last forever. After a week or two it warmed up quite a bit. I came home from work one day to find his head lying in the snow next to him and his arms and buttons melted off. I made a quick attempt at reattaching his head and arms before I picked up my son from daycare. I managed to pack enough snow to sort of get his head back on, but I knew for sure my little toddler would be devastated when he saw him all lopsided. Here was the snowman when we pulled in the driveway:
As we pulled into the drive my son yelled “Mama, look at our snowman!”
Quickly I started to explain, “I’m sorry he is a little messed up, snow melts…”
“Look Mama, he is looking for the moon! He is so happy!” My son exclaimed, his baby blues lit up with awe as he pointed his tiny finger at his frozen friend. Once I looked again I realized that it did look exactly like the snowman was looking for the moon. It is moments like that which make me slow down and remember that sometimes it is okay if everything is not just so. Sometimes imperfections are what make life more interesting. More beautiful. It is too easy to get caught up in how we think everything needs to be rather than just letting it be.
So this weekend, relax and take some time to remember that what you may think is a disaster might just be a masterpiece. Think about how wonderful life can be if we press pause on our chaotic schedules and view life through the eyes of a child.