Everything happens for a reason — I truly believe this.
Yesterday I was super busy, nothing new there, but on my agenda was to make some cupcakes for Grace to take to work for Halloween. She works at a daycare and wanted to do something special for the children she watches. I got up early, got the cupcakes all baked and then got side-tracked. I worked on everything and anything it seemed except what I needed to definitely get done — the cupcakes. I kept telling myself, “I’ll do it next” or “I’ll work on that after dinner.”
Finally, at about 4:00 I decided it was time to stop putting it off and get to work. I knew I only had an hour before I had to take Grace to a sign language tutoring session up at the college, but figured I could at least get the frosting made. As I was making it, Grace came in. She got a big smile on her face and said, “Are you working on the frosting?” I told her I was and that I would still be able to take her to tutoring but needed to know exactly how much time I had. She hesitated. I asked her what was wrong.
“I don’t really HAVE to go to tutoring today. I could go next week instead. So you don’t have to take me to school until 6:15 for class.” She told me.
“Good!” I told her. “Now I can maybe get the cupcakes all done before we have to leave.”
As I worked on mixing the frosting Grace stayed and watched. Then, as I pulled out all the bowls for adding the food coloring and got all the decorating tips and sprinkles ready, Grace joined me. For the next two hours we worked, laughed, and thoroughly enjoyed making the cupcakes TOGETHER. As we were finishing up Grace told me that she had told one of her coworkers that I was working on the cupcakes while she was at work. Her coworker told her that was so nice and what a relief it must be that she wouldn’t have to worry about trying to fit it into her schedule. Grace told her, “Not really. I really wish I could do it with her.”
My heart sank. All this time I was trying to get the job done so Grace wouldn’t have to stress about one more thing to do, and what she really wanted was for us to do it together.
I grabbed her around the neck and hugged her tight. As much as I enjoy doing things for my children, doing something WITH them is so much nicer. Sometimes I forget that I am not the only one longing for some together time.
Yesterday I was reminded how important it is to live in the moment and appreciate everything that we are given, and for this I am — Simply Grateful.