They say time is a precious commodity, one that shouldn’t be wasted, and I couldn’t agree more. Especially when it comes to spending time with young children.
I have five kids at home with the oldest being 12 and the youngest being three. With that many feet running around my house, I sometimes find it difficult to spend quality time with each… but I try. Ordinary things become special when it’s one on one.
My middle daughter likes to wake up at the crack of dawn—why, I don’t know. So she’s up when I’m up at 530am. She’s there when I fold the laundry, and she’s there when I get my oldest up for school. The tiny child snuggled in her pjs even watches quietly as I brew the coffee so that my husband can start his day. Not a sound does she make.
This morning I found myself sitting on the sofa next her in the dark, both of us wrapped in a blanket, staring out the window at the sunrise. It was beautiful; she was beautiful. This is our time together—just mother and daughter. And for a brief moment, nothing else mattered.
When she’s older and has kids of her own, I hope she looks back on these mornings as something special. Who knows? Maybe she’ll want to watch the sunrise with her kids too.