Every now and then I have to remind myself how very, very lucky I am. And I know I take it for granted.
Do you know what my husband does? In no particular order, he cooks, he does laundry, he irons, he packs his own lunch, he does the grocery shopping, he does dishes, he often has Nick for the better part of a day while I’m at work, during which time he takes him to the beach, Dreamworld, the park…all this while working 40 hours a week.
I know he does a lot more than most. But I still take it for granted and don’t say thank you enough (at all?).
My son is amazing. If I’m to have just one child, I certainly could not have asked for a better one. He is funny, easy going, gentle, kind, smart, cheeky and so, so sweet. He and I had the best day together yesterday at Seaworld, through rain and all. He’d been talking about the dolphins all morning, but unfortunately but the time we got there, the next dolphin show wasn’t for another 4 hours. I had no intention of being there that long, but it seemed I had no choice. We entertained ourselves long enough for the afternoon shows to start, and watched the sea lions (in the rain), the Dora show (undercover) and then headed (again in the rain) to the dolphins. He walked and held my hand for most of the day, a far cry better than his seemingly out-grown stage of running anywhere and everywhere, not caring where I was! We bought towels to keep us dry, ice cream to pass the time, and popcorn to occupy the wait time between shows. He was in awe of it all, pointing out sharks, fish, “Dory” (“Mama, where’s Nemo?”), stingrays, starfish, Sponge Bob and Boots and Dora. We rode the train. Six hours later, we headed home. On the way, he fell asleep and woke up 13 hours later (at 5:30 am this morning!).
I can’t remember the last time we had a day like that, just me and him. Probably before I went back to work. This morning he says to me, “Mummy, don’t go to work, stay home with me.” I’m not sure if my heart broke or melted, but it hurt.
I wished that every day could be Seaworld day, but then I guess in reality, if it was, it wouldn’t be as special.
I’m so thankful for the men in my life. And I’m thankful for the Seaworld days, even if they are sometimes few and far between.
Linking up with Kate for Thankful Thursday.