I am a big fan of taking time out to reflect, I consider it a meditation of sorts since I find it harder to totally quiet the brain which always seems to be the pre-cursor to effective meditation. I like to ask myself certain more thought provoking questions and this week is the perfect week for me to reflect on how thankful I am that I was given the opportunity to be a parent.
I experienced a couple of miscarriages so I know how fortunate I am to have been blessed with my three children. But what I don't think about enough is how fortunate I have been to have the amazing learning experiences that being a parent provides you with even during the most mundane moments.
This past week one child has been home with the flu, the other fractured his thumb playing flag football and is in a splint, the other was able to join me for an afternoon tea to celebrate the release of my book. Each of these situations gave me time alone with each child, something that can be rare during a normal week.
I am thankful for the opportunity to be up in the night comforting a young child who is throwing up. I am thankful for my mother's intuition that meant I took my son to the orthopedic doctor even though his thumb seemed to be better but actually did have a small fracture. I am thankful that I can share a moment of celebration with my daughter especially when so many of our recent interactions have been over homework. I am even thankful for those moments over homework now that I think about it!
I have to laugh, as I have been writing this my youngest, who is five and home with the flu, has been using a sharpie pen to write his numbers has just alerted me that he drew on the table with it. Yes, I am thankful for even this moment to realize I should hit send and sit down and relax with him on the couch, after I hide the sharpies.