For many of us Valentine's does not necessarily bring thoughts of chocolate and flowers from a significant other. If you can dig back to your own school days Happy Heart's Day means a lot of construction paper, glue and glitter all in shades of red, pink, white and purple. Classroom children prepare their special mailboxes in anticipation they will be stuffed with cards, candy and treasures from their classmates.
We hope you enjoy our slideshow of a few ways we celebrate Valentine's Day at Creative Sprouts. From all of us here, we wish you a loving day celebrating the wonderful friendships and relationships that make our days extra special. And hopefully there's extra chocolate include!
"Hurry up! We’re going to be late!" What busy mom doesn’t find herself saying this to her kids once in a while? I used to say it on a daily basis. It was often paired with some of my most frustrating moments. Moments I’m pretty ashamed of. I’m a teacher for goodness sake; I’m supposed to have super patience powers or something. That’s just it. I do with other people’s kids but not my own. How does that make sense? I’d find myself yelling at my kids because they weren’t getting ready for school fast enough or buckling up fast enough. We were always running late. All the time. Even when we weren’t running late, I was in a hurry to get to the next destination. I used to complain about people being in such a rush all the time; how this is such a "fast" culture. I had turned into one of those people and didn’t even know it.
One morning while taking my six year old to school, my two year old daughter unknowingly put me in check. After walking the older one to her class, I started the trek back to the car with my toddler. I remember getting frustrated because she was walking soooooooo slowly and it was going to take FOREVER. That morning, I swear I was the only parent with a child who refused to be carried. There must have been a million moms zooming past me carrying their toddlers and babies in a speed walk to their cars…. And then there was my daughter- "Nooooo! Down! Down!" We were about halfway to the car, when my little muffin found a sign. She plopped right down on her bum and started inspecting it. Oh jeez. That’s just perfect. Now we’re never getting home, I thought.
She started asking me the names of every. letter. in. the. sign. I’m not really sure what happened next. Maybe I took a deep breath and got a little extra "patience filled" oxygen. Who knows. What I do know is that I gave in. Totally and completely. I plopped down next to her and inspected every inch of that sign with her. And I enjoyed it. I had the patience for her that I have on a daily basis for other people’s kids. I didn’t actually have to be anywhere that day. Sure, I had a list a mile long of stuff I had to get done at home. But I didn’t have to be at work, I didn’t have any appointments, I didn’t even have to get home to walk the dog. I realized that day how truly insignificant my list of "stuff" was in the grand scope of things.
We spent about 5 minutes there, which doesn’t sound like a long time, but when you’re one of those crazy "hurried" people, it’s a lifetime! In that moment, I felt so many emotions. Guilt- because I knew that I had ignored so many small, special moments. Shame- because I felt like a failure as a parent. Peace- because I knew I had realized something huge and things were going to change. I decided to hold on to the peace and try to let the others go.
Is it ironic that this has been hanging in my kitchen for over a year? It’s a work in progress, but it’s getting better. I’m learning to double the amount of time I think I need for something. For example, if I’ve allotted 30 minutes to go to the grocery store before picking up my 1st grader from school, that’s fine if I’m by myself. If I have my other kiddos with me, I need to allow one hour. Every time I successfully do this, the day runs so much smoother, and we can literally stop to smell the roses. I want to enjoy the little moments in life and quit telling them to hurry up all the time. I want to live innocently and curiously just like they do.
I want to remember in every moment of every day that there’s really no hurry, just a life to live.
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