I had a crazy, busy, erratic, hectic, irritating day yesterday at work. I ate way too much sugar, drank way too many diet colas, and moved way too little. I got in my car to pick up Mario at 5 pm and on the way to the daycare, I stewed about all of the crappy things said and done throughout my day. I walked into the daycare to find Mario lined up ready to go outside. He didn’t notice me at first but when he heard me question “Where is my little Mario?” he immediately turned his head and ran to me while exclaiming “Mommy!”
The brain is a marvelous, fascinating organ. Upon seeing his eyes widen and hearing the words “Mommy!” come from his tiny mouth, all of the anger and irritation I had stored up from my day washed away. I could have just woken up from a night of deep sleep or just gone on a refreshing run. The pleasure and serenity of holding my child in my arms blew my entire crappy day to pieces. If only Mario would not flip out whenever I came to his daycare to simply say “hi” throughout the day – I could recharge my body and mind by dashing over to the daycare and getting that warm reception from him every three hours. The same is true for my Maria. When I walk in the door from a long day at work, she almost always greets me with an emphatic “Mom!” and comes running in the kitchen to embrace me with her strong Maria-hug . Whoosh – all the absurdity and madness of the day carried away with that 5 second squeeze.
Tonight, the kids and I took a walk up to the new yogurt store. The night air brought a chill so we bundled up in our jackets (which I had almost stored away after having a full weekend of 70 degree days) and made our way out the door. Maria darted off up the street, which is Mario’s new irritation. He detests when she runs in front of him. She is usually pretty good about stopping and waiting for him if he yells “Wait Sissy.” Something about the word “sissy” grabs her heart. He yelled the magic name as she ran up the street and she stopped. He caught up to her (those little arms and legs pumping away!) and tugged at her jacket.
“Maria, I know what we can do. Let’s skip.” And then, there it was – Maria and Mario skipping up the street. I could not have ripped a more beautiful scene from the pages of the Evening Post magazine. My heart expanded twenty-fold and if it exploded, it would have strewn multi-colored confetti everywhere. Weirdo, heh? I mean, really? Who has not seen kids skip down the street? Ahh, well, there is no control of the heart, and mine chose to fall in love with the sight of my daughter and son skipping. The peach sunset and white blossoms didn’t hurt to set the scene either. Those moments I am so grateful for because they keep me grounded and focused on what matters in life. Skipping.