One of the hardest parts of living away from family is so rarely being able to see my kids through their eyes.
When it is just you caring for your children 91 daytime hours a week, week after week, it becomes easy to lose the freshness, the vision of who they are. Slowly they cease being little spirits I’ve been entrusted with and start feeling like charges I’ve been burdened with. Thankfully, when I get to this point, it often coincides with a vacation to see family, and I begin to see my boys with the freshness that their grandparents see them with.
My freshness has been burning off lately, and I reached a low Friday. One more battle-of-wills would have sent me packing! (At least to my bedroom for a while, behind a locked door. :) Unfortunately, we have no family vacations in our immediate future, so it was high time to whip out our second method of restoring the freshness: a great, big diversion.
Every prayer Trenton has uttered for the last month has included the plea, “I want to go to heaven someday. But only after I ride more roller coasters.” So it felt appropriate that our big adventure involve some kiddie rides. We headed to a small amusement park (Happy Hollow in San Jose), wandered for hours at our toddlers’ pace, and rode every ride at least twice. We were far away from home, free of the stress of jobs—basking in sunshine instead of the fluorescent lighting of the bathroom I would have been cleaning at home. At one point, I even lay flat on my back in the middle of a big patch of grass, right under the noon-day sun. As nice as that was, what I treasure about a great diversion is seeing undiluted joy on my boys’ faces.
Watching them let go of any inhibition (oh wait, my boys have ZERO inhibition) and just run, jump, and laugh like kids are supposed to restores my freshness like nothing else. Except maybe a trip to see family…
What do you do when you need to see your kids anew? (Have I told you lately that you all have the BEST comments! Thank you!)
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