We started out having one of “those” days today…you know what I’m talking about…those days that coffee is a survival tool and the first five minutes leave you wondering how in the world you’re going to survive the next 24 hours.  We had markers on the rug, a failed jack-o-lantern craft scattered across the kitchen floor and two poo-splosions in the first hour.  (Credit for those disasters belong to, in no particular order, too many chicken nuggets, a distracted mama and a very misleading Pinterest pin about fall fun with toddlers).  

Like I said, it started as one of “those” days, and we went outside after lunch in hopes of maintaining the last remaining shred of my sanity.  (There is only so much biting and crying and craft-astrophe clean-up one can handle without alcohol before noon).  The change of scenery plus Mama stepping in dog poop in bare feet helped turn the tears to laughter.  Did I mention it was one of those days?

Sooner or later, though, one munchkin hurt a toe and another ran into a table, and I was back to consoling and snuggling away the tears.  We all three sat together in a lawn chair, and somehow a few renditions of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” started the ball rolling on one of those (get ready for some sappiness) magical parenting moments.  

Small fingers rubbing your arm, soft baby hair on your cheek, little voices singing a word here and there and begging for “more songs, Mama.”  You know exactly what I’m talking about because you’ve had those moments, too…the times that make “those” mornings a distant memory and remind you why you keep up the challenge of this parenting business. 

The stained rug (come on, OxyClean–make me happy in the morning!), the dismembered jackolantern craft and the nuclear diapers quickly became small details of a good day instead of the defining moments of a terrible day.   

Talk about powerful!  I’m amazed at how these little munchkins can just make the world stop spinning for a bit as you kiss a booboo, sing another silly song and give more hugs and kisses.  It’s an incredible feeling of importance because no one can do the job just like you do…and nothing else matters in that moment except taking care of your little people. I like to think of them as “recharge” moments because they seem to refresh a drained spirit and provide the energy to carry on.

It’s taken me a while to be able to seek out those sweet moments and allow them to shift my attitude towards the day, but what a difference it makes when I can!  Here’s to reading an extra book with your little one, snuggling longer after a booboo kiss and finding time to rub a soft head of hair several times during the day. This day only comes once–may you find many moments to recharge! 


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