Heather, who writes Not a DIY Life, wrote a post on Tuesday called “Ten Things that Annoy Me about Work.” She’s a stay at home mother, so she wrote about her frustrations as a mom. I commented that she should write a post about the ten best things, too, to balance it out. She wrote that post on Wednesday, and she challenged me to do the same.
My top ten
- Grins and giggles. Especially now that I’m home for the summer, Grace and I play silly games all the time. We play the bump heads game, the eat your belly game, the kiss you all over game, the chew your nose game… You get the idea. I live for those silly giggles and toothy grins.
- Walking really slow in Walmart while pretending to walk as fast as you can and saying “I’m gonna get you!” in a silly voice. This leads to #1 above, which is always the highlight of my day.
- Teaching Grace about our world. Yesterday, Grace and I spent an hour – no exaggeration – Googling pictures of cows and looking for videos of cows on YouTube. It all started because we read the first page of Mr. Brown can moo, can you? and Grace mooed at me. So I wanted to show her what cows look like and how real moos sound. Tomorrow, I think we’re going to look up pigs.
- Love and kisses. Since Grace was born, I’ve been telling her, “I’m going to kiss you all over!” and she’s getting to a place where she kisses me back. I also have always told her “I love you!” and I’m just waiting for the day when she says it back. I’ll probably cry and write about it here. You’ll know.
- Bath time. Without fail, Joe and I always spend Grace’s bath time together, sitting next to the bathtub, talking with each other and amusing Gracie Anna. It’s plain old fun.
- Seeing a human being learn and grow. This might be the biggest honor any person can have. I see her learn new things every day. Our latest thing is the Tupperware shape thing. (You know the one – it comes with 10 yellow shapes that you poke through matching holes. You had one when you were a kid.) At first, she couldn’t get the shapes through the holes at all, but now, she gets more than half of them through.
- Understanding the attachment between a mother and child. I’m not wording this well, and I can’t think of a better way. I feel like I was missing out on this wonderful and amazing thing before she was born. And now I have it, and I wouldn’t give it up, not for anything.
- Little celebrations. Everything is a big deal. We say “Yeah Grace!” and clap. A lot. My students picked up on it and made fun of me for the second half of the year, but we affirm her achievements.
- Helping her explore her tastes and interests. We discovered yesterday that Grace likes colby jack cheese but does not like Swiss. At least, I surmised that because she ate all the cojack and dropped all the Swiss on the floor around the high chair and then leaned over and looked at it.
- Going to bed every single night and thinking, “Wow, I accomplished something today.” just because I spent time with Grace. Every day is a big day when you’ve only been alive for a year.
I’m so lucky. This is the best gig in the whole world.
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