See me

The other day, my four-year-old came up from playing downstairs to ask me for a drink of milk. Here is our conversation:

“Are you having fun down there?”
“Yes! Yes!” (jumping up and down)
“Mm hmm. What are you doing down there?”
“Just playing.”
“Mmm hmm.” (thinking of the dishes I was doing)
“Can you come down in the basement when you’re done with the dishes?”
“What do you want me to do down there?” (still thinking about dishes)
“Nothing. You’ll just see me. You’ll keep your eyes open and see me.” (Her exact words.)

Since that day, I have wondered, again and again, how often our children just want and need to be seen. Really seen. Not glanced at or over. Not critiqued.

Just seen and loved for who and what they really are.

I’m seeing them differently these days. Everything is slowing down and each moment matters so much more. I’m doing things differently.

When what we get done that day matters less than seeing them that day, the days are so filled and so good.

I grow a little happier each day. I hope they do, too.

My four-year-old has a lot to do with it. She’s like a little bird…always chirping, happy, and fluttering from place to place and thought to thought in a moment. Here’s another thing she said to me the other day:

“Mom, how about we play a game where you and me say I love you at the same time over and over, and that will be our special game?” (My heart!)

By the way, I’ve had a lot of people asking me about how to make this giant water bubble. It *seems* like an easy project, ha ha. :)

It’s really fun…tremendously fun, in fact. However. There were definitely some hiccups. I followed the same basic method found here.

But here are my additional pointers:

  • I made it to fit on our back porch. I didn’t want it on the grass here, because I didn’t want to kill any of it. This made it a lot less “cushy” than having it on grass. Next time I do it on cement, I would fill it up a lot fuller and put towels underneath for some cushion.
  • It sounds so simple to just duct tape around plastic. It’s really not. Try not to do it when it’s windy. Get some help and make sure you give yourself lots of time.
  • Use heavy duty duct tape. Very heavy duty. :)
  • Glitter and food coloring were fun in it.

7 Responses

  1. Jessie

    I’ve been dying to make one of those too. Seems like a LOT of work! What sweet girls. We miss them!

    August 3, 2012 at 9:04 am

  2. Teresa Richmond

    Looks like *so* much fun! We tried the Family Fun “kidwash” and, other than we didn’t glue it together (so it came apart relatively easily), it was a blast, too!

    August 3, 2012 at 9:17 am

  3. Rachel B.

    So fun! Those types of things always seem to take much more work than I ever anticipate. Definitely looks well worth the time though. I always seem to read your posts on the days that I need to. Like when my kids are driving me crazy. :) You’re such a good example. Thanks for the reminder of how precious and sweet these little ones are.

    August 3, 2012 at 12:35 pm

  4. Kid One and I had that moment the other night. His dad was reading to him before bedtime and he asked me to come and sit on his bed next to his dad. I asked him if everything was ok. He assured me everything was fine, he just wanted me in the room too with him. I listened to when Harry was in the Prefect’s bathroom listening to his golden egg and figuring out his next task. I have to say that was a really nice moment to stop, look and listen and Kid One had a sweet smile when we said good night to him. Love it.

    August 4, 2012 at 10:09 pm

  5. wonderful thoughts. and wonderful project. what a fun mommy you are!!!!

    August 13, 2012 at 12:56 pm

  6. Liesel

    That looks like a fun project! You are so right about really seeing your kids. In recent years, I have never been able to slow my life down as much as I would like and it seems like there is always stuff I HAVE to do.

    August 13, 2012 at 9:32 pm

  7. Debbie Domenici

    Wow! What a sweet spirit your little one has. Sounds like a fun project.

    October 31, 2012 at 9:50 pm

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