For many of us moms, life is a crazy juggling act. Â It involves weighing the competing demands of children, job, marriage, Â housework, and exercise (what’s that again?). Â It involves making sacrifices that you don’t want to make, cutting corners that you don’t want to cut, and just longing for a day off so you can let your stress level subside to something healthy again.
And for me, last week was Exhibit A in this kind of nuttiness.
But in the middle of it all, my son handed me a picture he’d drawn. Â Â It was a little underwater scene, with fish and a dolphin and a bird and other marine life.Â And somehow, through the magic that is a child’s creative gift, I felt the stress releasing its grip. After all, how can you keep on feeling crabby when you are looking at a crab as cute as this?
It’s a fundamental truth of motherhood: sometimes, the little things are huge.Â I’m learning that one tiny drawing, presented with a proud smile and a small-boy hug, has theÂ power to redeem even the roughest toughest week.
What is one little thing that is brightening your life today?