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Friday, August 9, 2019

LESSONS FROM THE GRANDS--LAST POST


Last post about the grands' visit.  As you can see above, they are on to their last summer adventure at the beach.  Hated to miss out on that fun!

We had such a great time while the "Two Littles" were here.  I learned a couple of things while we were together.

TODAY WAS GREAT--WHAT ARE WE DOING TOMORROW?

Children have a wonderful way of looking at life.  While we were in the moment, and enjoying the day's adventure, they were all in---totally invested.  They play hard!


Whatever we were doing, swimming, playing with cousins, building block houses, feeding ducks, playing at the park, putting together puzzles, or even movie watching, they were all in, totally invested in the moment.  NO looking back, no complaining about the conditions, and no wondering what the others kids were doing.  They were focused on the joy of the moment.   They relished every moment of every activity, but when it was over--it was over.

Before the lights were out for the night, the question always came, "What are we doing tomorrow?"  It was never a complaint about today, but more of an inquisition into what great thing would tomorrow hold.  They always had hope that tomorrow would be another great day.

SOME DAYS YOU CAN JUST PLAY AT HOME

By Thursday, the Littlest One told me shortly after we were up for the day, "I'm tired."  I took the hint and dialed back the activity a notch.  We spent the day at home, playing with toys, playing games, putting together puzzles, watching a movie and walking the Wonder Dog.  They were perfectly satisfied and seemed to enjoy that day as much as any of the frenzied activity we had the first of the week.  There are days we can enjoy a slower pace and all that home has to offer.  Their older brother, who was away at camp, loves to have what he calls a pajama day.  He stays home all day and chills with his pajamas on.  Their lives are filled with morning to night schedules and activities.  They seem to enjoy a "Down Day" as much as we adults do.  No one complained about being home, and in fact it was one of our nicest days.  They are great at imagination play, and filling their time with fun activities.  We don't always have to be in a rush of activity to be happy and content.

SO, what did I learn from the grands?  Be joyful and content in all things.  They relish every moment of the day.  There is always hope for tomorrow.  Though life may seem bleak and difficult, at times, or life has been so good we don't know how the future could be any better, there is always hope for a better tomorrow---whatever today held.  

Little ones are the best teachers. Always thankful for the lessons they show me!

“But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: 
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end; 
they are new every morning;
 great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:21-23


6 comments:

  1. How wonderful to enjoy every day as it comes and hope for tomorrow.

    Do not worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow has already happened in Australia.

    God bless.

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    1. Good point, Victor, and some child is already asking about day after tomorrow!
      Blessings, My Friend!

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  2. Yes, the little ones do teach us so much, Lulu. I love how they live in the moment with so much hope and joy! Down time is so important for them, too, just as much as it is for us.
    Blessings!

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    1. I am a firm believer in my personal downtime. It really hadn’t occurred to me they would relish it too!
      Blessings, My Friend!

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    1. I KNOW you understand!
      Blessings, My Friends!

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