Big Grins, Bouncing on Beds and A Little Guy Reminding His Mama to Slooooow Down
Today I was changing RJ's diaper on the bed right before we had to leave to go to the post office. There was a package there waiting to be picked up. We had a half hour before the post office closed for the day and a ten minute drive to get there. I was feeling a bit rushed so I hurried thru the diaper change while talking to my little guy. After I finished his changing he stood up. I was holding his hands and needed him to let go of my fingers so I could help him pull up his pants. He held tight to my fingers and started to laugh. Then he started to bounce on the bed. He has figured out that if he holds onto my hands and bounces on the bed he can go really high. I sighed to myself and was just about to tell him to stop bouncing because we needed to GO when I looked at his little face. His eyes were sparkling and his grin was so wide that it seemed to be stretched from ear to ear. He was bouncing really high and kept laughing and saying "more". He is a little guy who loves to jump!! So what did I do....I let him bounce and I started to laugh too. What did it matter if we got to the post office 5 minutes later than I planned. What did it matter if I didn't pick up the package today at all and ended up picking it up tomorrow. What did matter was that Rj was feeling the joy that only a child can feel...a kind of joy that says he has entered fully into the moment and that he is enjoying doing what he is doing right now with no other thoughts or worries pressing at him. I needed to enter that moment with him. I needed to feel the joy he was feeling and laugh with him. He will never remember that moment on the bed when he was bouncing as high as his little legs could carry him and laughing with two year old abandon, but I will. I will remember his happiness much longer than I would remember what was in the package I was in such a hurry to pick up. So he jumped and I laughed until he stopped saying "More!". And guess what we still ended up getting to the post office and picked up my package. But I would have been completely content for my little guy to keep bouncing and laughing and for us to pick up the package tomorrow!