Good morning, darling. Is it still quiet in your house? I’m sitting here, dog asleep on the sofa opposite, blanket around my shoulders, kiddos still fast asleep upstairs. Cup of tea, good book, thanking God for simple blessings. Lovely morning.
What do you have teed up for today? Yummy Saturday. Life is short, go play. You don’t need to spend a ton of money, you don’t even need to leave the house. But take a break from your grown-up-ness to do something playful today.
Build a fort of chairs and blankets with the kiddos, bring snacks in there and read a book out loud by flashlight. I am a huge fan of forts. I would often leave them up all weekend because they make me smile.
Or bake together. I love that still, even now when they no longer have to stand on a chair to stir the batter. It’ll make the whole house smell delicious and you can have cookies and milk later in your fort.
Or Candyland, on the floor, of course. Now that I think it, why did we always play Candyland on the floor? No matter. Do you know, as teens and early twenties, my kids talked at Christmas about how much they loved playing Candyland?! And about how loved they felt when we confessed, years later, that we cheated to let them win?
Whatever you do today, let it fill your heart. Let it lift all the burdens that inevitably piled up over the work week. Set aside the worry about next Tuesday’s national pilot. Set aside the gnawing awareness of admin that is never done. Set aside the consideration of going for that promotion. While you are with your kids (precious, precious time) just let that stuff evaporate from your mind. It’ll float off and settle onto your desk and, I promise, will be waiting for you on Monday. And you’ll have plenty of time to pick it up on Monday and do a spectacular job.
For now, kiddos. For now, be Mommy. For now, play! Best job in the world.