It's always a temptation to want to get past the current season, rather than savoring it and storing away snapshots in my mind. Fully living out the moments is difficult when there's so much to be accomplished on any given day. Sometimes I don't leave enough room for the special moments.
Almost 10 years later, I'm in a different season with Josh. I don't do multiple loads of laundry with clothes covered in spit up and diaper blow outs. The weary walks down the hall in the middle of the night to answer a desperate cry are few and far between. He won't sit still long enough to cuddle. That time has melted away.
It's like a snow day. I've been to the snow, but I had never experienced a snow day until a snow truck came to Jason's preschool. The children sat and looked on in awe as it "snowed" a layer of beautiful, sparkling white powder and formed an icy carpet, just waiting for little rubber boots to come and make prints.
Jason had his time....
He laughed and frolicked.
He chased his friends with hastily made balls of fluff.
He reveled in the moment and I delighted in his happiness.
I couldn't help but want Josh to experience the wonderland as well, so I took him on a surprise date after school. I told him that we had something far more important to do than his homework that afternoon. His eyes widened as he wondered what could be more pressing than completing his projects.
This is more important! You will always have your homework, but we can only have a snow day today!
At first he was hestitant and didn't want to use something that was meant for the preschoolers, but I assured him that they were done. It would be an absolute shame if he didn't thoroughly enjoy this landscape!
And then he had his snow day.
I don't remember if he finished his homework that afternoon, or whether we had a decent meal that evening. We laughed, we played, and we felt the joy. We caught the moment before it melted away and became an icy river that splashed down the parking lot and into the gutter.
Some days are just meant to be snow days!