This afternoon, my youngest daughter wanted to hangout at her school’s playground with her friends for a while. Of course, I came armed with a granola bar, water and my computer to keep busy as I watched her and her friends play (Yes, I do keep a very close eye on them… even while I type. It’s a skill I’ve developed over the years. I’m able to type and watch the kids at the same time. No, it’s not the same as sitting on my phone with my mind distracted and my eyes glued on the little screen. I’m actually watching the kids and aware of their every move.) Just a few minutes after we arrived, I was asked to join in a game they call “Magic”, which seems to be a combination of hide ‘n’ seek and tag. My daughter and one of her friends came running up to me yelling “Mom! Can you play Magic with us?” I immediately heard snickering coming from some of the other mothers as they heard me exclaim “You want me to what?” Though I had no idea what I was getting myself into, I walked on to the playground like a trooper and asked for instructions. Seeing the excitement in my daughter’s eyes as she shared all of the rules with me was all I needed. I knew I was going to play the game to the best of my ability… no matter how silly I looked. So, I closed my eyes, counted to 10 and started searching for the other little players. All I could hear was giggling and more giggling. Before I knew it, I was playing with an entire crew of my daughter’s friends and they were all having a great time. My daughter was beaming with pride and joy and I could not have been happier to be able to provide that moment for her.
After a few rounds, I had to excuse myself and get some work done. On my way back to my seat at the picnic table, a couple of other moms looked at me with smiles and said “Big mom points for you today!” This made me think…
It doesn’t matter how talented we are or what we’re trying to do, our kids just want to spend time with us. Every little moment means the world to them. We laughed. We made memories. I got to know some more of my daughter’s friends. To a lot of people, today’s activities would be the equivalent of just another normal, uneventful day, but, to me and my child (and maybe to some of the other children we played with), today was a really great day. I will remember this day for the rest of my life and I think my daughter will, too.
So, there’s no reason to be perfect, and certainly no need to be rich, in order to be a wonderful mother. The only thing we need to be is present… and that is the best gift of all.
“Cheers!” to us, Moms!