It's the Little Things

I recently saw a great quote from Robert Brault, "Enjoy the little things, for one day you may realize they were the big things.".

As a parent, this really hit home. The little things of a newly-minted toddler learning to eat on their own or narrating what you're doing and the mundane with a baby so that they develop language skills ("ok, let's change your diaper! These are your toes, and nope, don't take your sock off! This is going to be cold...almost done..."), or the little things of telling your older child something in passing and realizing they remembered it word for word ("How did you know about photosynthesis? Oh, you were listening?"), and the little things of a spouse being thoughtful and it being huge because it counted most when you really needed it (anyone ever held hostage by a nursing baby finding a full water bottle nearby when dying of thirst will relate).

In the US, with Thanksgiving under our belts, we are now officially in the thick of the holiday season. With the hustle and bustle of making sure there is magic in the air and gatherings of family and friends, this time of year can feel busy and we just need to "get through". But I would gently suggest that every so often, take a step back, and notice the little things happening in real time. Notice what is happening and screen capture it in your mind. Our lives are shaped by a million little things and I know that in a little bit of time all these little things - K constructing something amazing with legos at the dining room table as we're preparing the dish we're taking to the family dinner, wearing A in the carrier so he'll nap before we have an evening with friends beyond his bedtime - will be remembered as the big things because the days are long but the years are short.

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