“I AM A LEARNER AND I AM A TEACHER.” (Sarah Meassick’s Second Grade Classroom Mantra)
Eating Dinner Out: INTERRUPTED by one-year-old standing in high chair, demanding loudly to get down and teeter around.
Checking My Phone: INTERRUPTED by little hands reaching for me with books in tow.
Sleeping Somewhat Peacefully: INTERRUPTED by cries at 2 am. Thankfully, hear doors opening and steps of mommy above with calming voice.
Making Breakfast: INTERRUPTED by loud noise with sudden horrible smell. Time for a change of all current clothing. Mommy sleeps soundly.
Costco Shopping: INTERRUPTED by constant “more,” pointing to bag of snap pea crisps.
Writing Blog Post: INTERRUPTED by sounds indicating nap time is already over WAY TOO SOON.
All those feelings of early mothering years flood back to me as I spend two days with my grandson. Interruptions abound. I didn’t like them then and I still don’t like them today! “I can’t get what I want to do done.” “I have lots of important stuff to take care of.” “People are counting on a blog post tomorrow. (I know, I have delusions of grandeur.)”
My thoughts are suddenly INTERRUPTED! A new voice stops me right in my tracks and sends me in another direction as I hold my grandson cozy and close upon waking from his nap, the only time he cuddles and snuggles, the extra busy toddler he is. “I have a lot to learn from this little boy in my arms.” “He is a very wise teacher.” “This is probably what really matters.” “Forget the blog post! (HAHA. Obviously not.)”
THIS CHILD (Unlike Me At Times):
- Expresses what he needs (sometimes loudly). He doesn’t feel guilty about it. He is highly comfortable with both negative and positive emotions, never stuffing how he really feels.
- Eats healthy and only enough to satisfy. Oh how I wish!
- Loves unabashedly. He doesn’t hold back showing affection and delight. He lights up when he sees those he loves and makes it clear he is thrilled to be with them.
- Sings and dances freely. He dances like “everyone is watching.” In fact, he relishes when others not only watch, but sing and dance along with him.
- Rests when he’s tired. Enough said. (I don’t know anyone who doesn’t do that … tongue-in-cheek emoji inserted here) Maybe I will go take a nap now.
- Explores new things with ferocity. “Life is a daring adventure or nothing” (Helen Keller) is the mantra of this boy.
- Seeks out those who love him. This is my favorite. He isn’t afraid to be really loved and cared for! If only!
I am finishing up now that it’s thankfully bedtime, having been INTERRUPTED all afternoon and evening since the wake-up-from-nap-time. Guess what? It wasn’t so bad after all. I actually enjoyed it. No wonder when Jesus was INTERRUPTED by children, He said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Where else can I get belly giggles and bear hugs, song-singing and arms reaching? Sounds a lot like the kingdom of heaven to me! I’m sure these aren’t the last lessons gleaned from the wisdom of this 24 pound, bundle of love, joy, and life! Keep INTERRUPTING little one! You’ve cracked my heart wide open!