Ohhh, they made it look so easy back then. It honestly looks like this lady is thinking, "Little girl, go a little faster or I am going to throw this bottle of homemade vinegar across the room." Sometimes I feel like I look like this lady when I am trying to teach my kids something. My hands gripping the jar and my jaws clenched. I want them to do it right, mess free, and quickly. Is there some control freak in me? Probably. Okay, yes. And the more I try to pull away from control the tighter the grip. So, I choose to fight it. Everyday. And honestly the more I embrace my time with my children and all the imperfections of the day, the more I feel the "what the heck" come on.
When I want to clean my counters from fingerprints and dried spaghetti, I think, "what the heck, it's going to get dirty again in 20 minutes, do something else."
When my kids want to bake with me and I know it's going to get messy, I choose to think, "ahh, what the heck. At least they want to hang out with me, I wouldn't trade
that for a clean kitchen anyday of the week."
When it's bedtime and my kids who have brushed their teeth and already have their pj's on ask, "mom, can we have hot coco?"... I choose to think, "what the heck, bedtime? Boring. Let's have some spontaneous fun every now and then. There's nothing like the sound of four little mouths sipping their hot coco like a thirsty herd of wild buffaloe.
Those little cuties.
Let go of the expectations you have on yourself, your kids, or your spouse and
learn choose to enjoy the simple things that create memories and happy moments.
Embrace where you are today and whatever you do, Do it well. This is what you were made for.