Thursday, May 27, 2010

My Daughter...The Teacher

My 14 month old daughter taught me a lesson today and just like any good teacher, she 'explained' it to me in multiple ways...

She taught me to ssssllllooooowwww down.  Now I'm a born and raised New Yorker - we don't know the meaning of slowing down...I do everything fast, I talk fast, read fast, type fast, walk fast (even while lugging around a 20+ pound kid) get the picture.

But, as Jenna taught me, sometimes, it's okay (and even better) to take things slow.

Cases in point:

I had to move my car and decided to go stroller-less down to the car and just have her walk (and carried across the streets) with me.  And it definitely took (a lot) longer than if I pushed her in the stroller.  But I probably wouldn't have noticed every bird (5 of them), dog (2), and squirrel (3) that we passed along the way.  Seeing her face light up and yell with glee at all these animal sightings was certainly worth the extra time.

At bedtime, she reiterated her 'teachings'.  She was tired so I put her in the crib and I don't know what about her told me to stick around, but I did and I rubbed her back and played with her hair and just watched as she drifted off to sleep.  And during that 15 minutes (that's all it really took) I thought about how adorable she is and how when I go back to work I won't have as much time with her as I do now and how I should really cherish these moments.  And maybe it was me letting my mind wander to those nice places, but she went to sleep so peacefully and I felt a lot calmer too...

1 comment:

  1. i had the same revelation to "take it slow" once i had kids, because i too, tend to do everything quickly. it's so calming and relaxing when you deliberately slow down. kind of takes the pressure off.