Sunday, August 21, 2011
School is starting...
I remember when it meant much more (of course).
Back before schools had school supply packets that you could get at registration (which was so handy) we'd get a list of needed school supplies and then have to go shopping to get them.
I'm referring to the time when Will and Laura were in early elementary school. (I don't remember what we did when I was in elementary school - about school supplies, anyway.)
Anyway, going shopping with children has always been a challenge for me. That's because patience has never been my strong suit.
Ah, but I distinctly remember one year when I found out the value of 'self-talk'.
For some reason I'd picked Albertson's that year to be the school-supply place to shop.
I parked the car, and was getting ready to get us (Will (second grader), Laura (kindergartner) and myself (mother)) all marched in for their supplies.
Before I turned off the engine, I remember distinctly telling myself (in my mind) to 'be in the moment'... and 'to let the kids go as slowly as they need to go to do this'.
'There is no need to hurry, Nancy.'
'Let them pick out what they can pick out... and enjoy letting them.'
Etc. etc. etc.
Whoa! I actually enjoyed the shopping experience!!
Gone was my usual 'Let's get this over with!' attitude.
Whoa! All three of us were happier, much happier, than, well, other times.
Through the years since then I've remembered that day.
I was calm. And 'in-the-moment'.
And actually enjoying little Will and little Laura in the grocery store.
No one knew the victory I had that day in Albertson's... but me.
But it was huge.
I learned I could give myself self-talks that helped.
AND that I COULD live in the moment.
Some of you don't understand the victory I'm talking about (because you don't have 'impatience problems')...
some of you DO understand.
Thanks for reading my blog.
And thanks, Will and Laura, for letting me talk about you.