I had one of those magical parenting moments the other night.
One of those moments where time stands still and nothing else matters. It was only about 90 seconds long, but man, it was awesome.
Just as I was tucking my 2.5-year-old into bed, he looked up at me with his big blue eyes and soft little smile and asked, “What was your favourite part, mom?”
Pretty normal question, right?
It’s something we’ve been doing for a while now – asking each other over dinner or at bedtime what our favourite part of the day was.
But somehow it was different this time.
It was like there was this instant charge of connection between us. We were both so fully “there” in the moment. It was amazing.
After a day of “Yes, I’ll come play trains with you when I’ve finished cleaning the kitchen” and “Sure, bud, I’ll grab you those crayons after I finish folding this laundry” we were able to fully connect.
No putting him off for five more minutes so I could finish insert any number of household tasks here. No “Just a minutes” or “I’ll be right theres.”
Just my complete and full attention.
It only took 90 seconds, but that exchange between the two of us was the most meaningful part of our day.
Him and I. Alone but together.
Fully and completely present.
Closer than ever before.
I know I felt it.
And I’m pretty sure he did too. 😉
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