This year on Mother's Day I was made a breakfast of crepes with bananas and strawberries and nutella and whipped cream and all kinds of amazing goodness. The coffee was hot and the hugs were plentiful. After breakfast we packed for the lake and spent the afternoon sailing in near perfect weather. The winds were light and Emma Jane had a full lesson on sailing the boat. She is already really good at sailing the boat but they went over terminology...what does it mean when we say "head up" or "fall off" or "sheet in".
As a storm was rolling in we docked the boat and cleaned in the sprinkling rain. I have photos of Emma cleaning the boat on Father's day at four years old too! I have to find them.
We have been going non-stop this spring. I am looking forward to a slower pace this summer. On Mother's day I re-read my letter to Emma Jane, and my letter to Lucy. It gave me back my focus.
My most important job is being their mother. When I get too tired and start to get short with them, I need to remember that they are only little for a very short while. I already miss the cuddly stage of Lucy. She is too busy to cuddle anymore. I must slow down. Reading books before bed is more important than the laundry or the dishes.
This summer I am going to slow down. Read more books (both with and without kids). Snuggle more. Sail more. Enjoy my house more. I am getting off this merry-go-round and going to sit on the swing for a bit.
Happy Mother's day to all you moms out there who go and go and go. Let's model for our children that there are choices to be made and that the precious time we have should be used wisely.