I had to be away from home for a couple of days for work. I have to admit that outside of working, I did not do too much else with my time. No dinners out, or catching up on television- just work.
So I was ready to come home.
But by the time I got home, my kids had already gone to bed, and did not really register my good night kiss. However, in the morning……the morning is when my heart nearly burst with joy. All of the kids were sleeping, but it was time to wake up for school.
So I cuddled with each of my kids, gradually waking them up. As I kissed them and hugged them, while they were still in their sleep mode, you could see a smile of joy on each of their faces when they realized mama was back and was cuddling with them.
There was genuine happiness, peace and comfort on their faces. Those 3 moments, which I experienced with each of them, made everything worthwhile. Because their joy and my joy were genuine. Our collective happiness was real.
And trust me, these are the moments that sustain us. Because being a parent is challenging! Trying to help your kids blossom into amazing human beings and guide them to being their best selves is a 24 hour job, even when you are away. And like any job, there are good days and bad days. There are days where I wonder if I am doing what I need to do and giving them what they need. And there are days when I am frustrated and they are frustrated and it just seems like everything is going wrong.
But like anything that requires your heart and soul, you have these moments, like I had this morning, which remind you that this is all worth it. That their unconditional love and joy is precious and needs to be treasured.
I will always hold in my heart and memory, the look on their faces from this morning. It truly was the best part of my day. It nourished and filled me up. It will definitely be pulled out during the next…..you know……whatever next challenge is in store.
But that’s just one Diva’s view.