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Enjoy Today – Guest Post

January 27, 2010

Enjoy Today…

I wanted to write this post at the beginning of January, being in line with starting off a New Year, yadah, yadah, yadah, but something happened…Oh, yeah! Life! Ironic.

Earthquakes in Haiti, a short family trip over a long weekend, losing a memory card full of pictures (then finding out my sister downloaded the whole thing to her computer, too so I can at least recover them!), a house full of sickies including myself, getting back to work, catching up on everything, trying to enjoy something. You know, normal everyday stuff we all are familiar with. Add a daily dose of really good chocolate and you pretty much have my ‘every day’ in a nutshell.

And yet, it all goes by so fast! My oldest turned 10 just a few weeks ago. Christmas seemed like just yesterday yet it is already almost the end of January!

 Now and then I will catch myself contemplating and reflecting on…life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness 🙂 and also all of these in respect to my children. I am in a time and place in my life which revolves around the children. I could go crazy trying to give my children all the social, developmental and physical stimuli available. But, seriously, is it necessary? The 10 year old enjoys video games and building things from anything. The 7 1/2 year old enjoys drawing and painting and writing. The 3 1/2 year old enjoys being read to, jumping/running and scribbling. However, the 10 year old needs to work on reading; the 7 year old needs to work on math; the 3 year old…well, she’s Three. ‘Nough said.
 
And in my desire to give them the most fulfilled, enriched, enlightened, developed childhood, I could very well pass up the opportunity to give just what I am supposed to as a parent…Myself. And this is my struggle. I work full time because my husband can’t; I am home late; sometimes I leave early in the morning; I am often tired; I try to cook healthful meals and succeed most days, but Ramen noodles and veggies is a family favorite; I have 3 beautiful children and a husband who also desperately need my attention.

So, pretty often I have to remind myself of my truest joy, my family, and what I want my children to learn from me:  Make the most of your opportunities; We can’t always skip school, but there are some exceptions; Organization is important but so is spontaneity; You will have your family forever so learn to enjoy them.

And, enjoy today…before it’s all just a memory.

Rachel — What Cancer Cannot Do — started her blog as an Oncology Nurse and after her husband was diagnosed with cancer in 2006 as a way to stay in touch and mass-communicate with family and friends. Since then, it has morphed into a personal space where she simply writes what’s on her mind as her family grows and her careers change…and how chocolate can influence the world ~ one square at a time. The extended family enjoys pictures, so you’ll see some of that now and then. Stop by any time!

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 27, 2010 7:29 am

    Amen, sista! Such a true post. Life just seems to flutter past us while we aren’t even looking. You get so busy with the mundane things you sometimes neglect the things that are really important. Thanks for sharing, Rachel.

  2. January 27, 2010 7:30 am

    Beautiful and inspiring.

  3. January 27, 2010 9:54 am

    It is true–family is what it is all about.

  4. January 27, 2010 10:00 pm

    What a beautiful story you have! your writing style is inspiring!

    Thanks for posting for us!

    -Chief

  5. January 28, 2010 12:17 am

    This is so timely for me! We’re now considering if our 2.5 year old should start preschool in the autumn or if we should wait a year. Too many activities are available for toddlers!

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