People watching is one of my favorite activities.
Last week, as I was waiting in line at the pharmacy, I spent some time watching a mom and her daughter. I’d guess the daughter was about three years old.
When they left, the daughter’s eyes lit up as she sweetly asked, “Mommy, can we go through the spinny doors?”
To which the frazzled mom bluntly replied, “No. We don’t have time. We parked over here. C’mon, let’s go.”
Seeing the girl’s sad eyes stopped me in my tracks: I could see myself in the mom. Always worried about the next move. Sticking to business. Not taking the time to make a simple memory.
When Annistyn’s three and asks to go through the spinny doors, or anything spontaneously fun that’s just a little extra time or work, I hope to remember this mother-daughter duo and respond with, “Sure, honey. Let’s do it!”
Now I know that’s easier said than done, and I’m sure my serious side will overpower spontaneity in times of stress. But life’s short. Make it sparkle. Take time to do the fun stuff, like walking through the spinny doors.