Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Laundry or Make-Up?

This was originally written on January 3, 2008. The message behind it is still the same. Create memories that will last a lifetime.

Today Sarah and I were home alone for a few hours. It's rare moments to get that one on one with the kids. Normally our one on one consist of having one of them jumping in the car with us as we go to the corner store.

Sarah wanted to do something fun. All I could think of was the load of towels just out of the dryer that needed to be folded and put away. The load in the washer that just completed the spin cycle. The load that was on the floor that I had to walk over just to get to my bathroom sink.

As I looked into her eyes and saw the excitement on her face, I knew it was an opportunity to create a memory.

Sarah has always wanted to put make-up on me. I asked her if she wanted to play "make-up." She said yes.

There was a problem, at least in my opinion.

"What about the laundry?" I asked myself.

I had the choice to either do laundry and be proud of my daily accomplishments or create a memory that will forever be sketched in the memory of Sarah's mind. I chose to use this time to create the memory. The laundry will be there tomorrow. After all, it was there yesterday. Twenty years from now Sarah will not remember stepping on the clothes that were on the floor. She will remember mom taking the time to play "make-up" with her.

So in your day to day living, remember to create lasting memories with your family.


Michelle said...

What a special day! It's rather sad that laundry will outlast their childhood!

It's great that you seized the opportunity to build memories within you and your daughter's hearts that will last much longer than a folded pile of towels!

Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! Sometimes I ponder about how to simplify life to the point of being able to completely enjoy my children. It's great to see a post like this to remind me of what's most important. Thank you.


MOMSWEB said...

My mother use to always tell me, "The laundry or the dishes aren't going anywhere. I BET you they'll be there when you return!"

TonyR said...

I love this and I LOVE the new look! Love Abounds at Home looks very pretty in pink!

Simple Christian Homemaker said...

That's a great reminder. It's easy to get caught up in taking care of business, but you're right they won't remember those dirty clothes on the floor but will remember the time we spend together. BTW, you're daughters are just beautiful!

Travels With Uncle Sam said...

I like this. Amen.

Deanna said...

What a great way to have fun girlie time!!!

Sweet, sweet memories,

Rachelle said...

You are so right, we need to take time to create memories with them, all that other stuff can wait!
Thanks for sharing your story.