I never expected how much I’d enjoy seeing the wonderment in my children’s eyes when they see something they like. These little kiddos are the perfect example (most of the time!!) of pure love and excitement. The thing that’s so amazing about watching through their world, is that they are so excited about the smallest, most simple things.
It makes you take a step back and just enjoy that moment with them.
A few weeks ago we went to visit friends in California and were able to go to Disneyland. While Disneyland is a kid’s dream, these girls got so very excited at the site of a parade or a special wand or a lollypop. Their jaws dropped open with pure awe and excitement.
If I could just channel some of that and just enjoy some of the simple things…
Dear little ones,
I wanted to write you a letter to read when you’re older because life gets complicated, life gets busy, and you get busy with your complicated life.
Please remember that you can do anything you want in life. I want you to repeat this to yourself, like I do with you now. When we get older, we seem to come up with a million excuses or reasons why we shouldn’t try to do something. But I believe in you and I know you’re amazing.
Don’t give your heart out to everyone but give it fully to those you trust. A full heart makes for a happy life. You’ll never regret loving someone with all that you have.
Don’t trust everything you hear. People say a lot of things that don’t make sense. Remember who you are and decide for yourself.
Be a dreamer. Never stop.
Never compromise who you are. Feel confident enough in yourself to say what you believe and be strong enough to stand criticism. Others will learn from you if you can do that and it’s a great thing to pass along vs bullying.
No regrets. We all make mistakes, learn from them.
Don’t be a bully.
Don’t ever let yourself be bullied. Stand up for yourself no matter the stakes. Or at least call your mom.
Always know that you can come home. And that your mom has a hug waiting for you.
Caveat: Also, please know that mama has been around the block. Thereby, there shall be no sneaking out of your ground level windows. I will be standing outside upon your return. No closed doors with a boy in the house. Otherwise that party for two will become three.
At the end of the day, I’m still going to try to hold you in my arms even when you’re an adult. So slow down, enjoy life and don’t try to grow up so fast.