That last week before Christmas break makes all of us teachers go a bit crazy.
Case in point, it’s Saturday and I’m reviewing my week and somehow I managed to get just about NOTHING off my to-do list done. I survived Monday-Friday and that’s all. No, there were great moments for sure (like the one in my post below), but by Friday afternoon I felt like Miss Frizzle-crazy hair and all.
This week I’m joining in late to the Five Minute Friday prompt. This is our last regular prompt of the year and so I can’t let it slip by without contributing. The prompt this week is Still.
I awoke to cooing…the happy sounds of a baby who has yet to decide that 6am is too early to babble. My body drudged through the house with the weight of sleep still on my eyelids. At the sink I fixed a bottle and prepared to let her soothe herself back to sleep.
When I made it to her room and her voice jumped an octave in excitement my heart changed it’s song.
Instead of leaving her I picked her up. Held her close. And I rocked her like I used to before she was too busy to let me cuddle her.
I fed her a bottle and looked into her eyes as she slipped back to sleep.
It’s been several months since she’s let me do this.
And in the way we adults do–I’ve forgotten to be still with her like this.
I’ve forgotten to be still in so many ways.
The routine of being a working mom has kept me from moments like these. I get caught up in what I need to do and I don’t always appreciate those mornings when my babies just want my stillness. So many days I focus too much on preparing for the day and not enough on those moments.
We all need to be still. To take in those unscripted smiles. To look into the eyes of someone we love. To drop the lists and expectations.
This holiday season is the perfect time to drink in the stillness.
The Ameri Brit Mom