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Monday, March 3, 2014

Day 3 - The Good Stuff


A few snippets from my day:

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My husband's alarm goes off at 5:30 am.  This morning the bed was hardly cold when my eight-year-old whispered to me.

"Mom, can I lay down with you?"

A snuggle is a nice way to start a day.

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My two-year-old wakes up a little groggy in the morning.  As my husband held her this morning, she was busy brushing her hair back out of her eyes.

"Hi Mommy," she said.

A few minutes and a fresh diaper later, she was asking to be picked up.  She wrapped her little arms around my neck, pressed her sweet little face into me and patted my back.

"I love you Mommy," she said into my neck.

A few sweet words said into your neck is a nice way to start a day.

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My ten-year-old is a fairly normal fifth grade boy.  Each morning he calls goodbye to me as he walks off to wait for the bus.  Once in a while I get a lean-into-the-side-of-me hug on his way out, but only if he thinks no one else will see him.

Today, I was surprised to get an actual, full-on hug from my little man before he left for school.

"'Bye Mom," he said as he hugged me.

A real hug from a fifth grade son is a nice way to start a day.

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My daughter is in my kindergarten class.  It's been nice to be able to watch her grow and change this year.  She has blossomed into a reader, a writer, and a thinker right in front of my eyes!  It's been a blessing to have her in my classroom.  The few days that I have had to be out of school this year have been a little harder on her than the other kids.  She not only misses the teacher but she misses mom too.  On those days she has been a little extra clingy as I tried to make my way to the door after dropping her off.  On those days she has been a little teary eyed as I made my exit.  She's fine after I leave, of course, but it's not easy on a mom.

Today I had to be gone.  I told her ahead of time that I wouldn't be at school today and tried to give her a little extra time to get used to it.  I guess I didn't need to worry today.  Today she was fine.

I said goodbye to her at her locker and she looked up at me with a big smile.

"Goodbye Mom!"  Then, she went back to reading her book.  Simple as that.

A smile and a happy, growing more independent everyday girl is a nice way to start a day.

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Be sure to check out the Two Writing Teachers blog for more slice of life stories today and every day during the month of March.

7 comments:

  1. This is beautiful! I smiled at this line: "A few sweet words said into your neck is a nice way to start a day." What a lovely image!

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  2. As a mom of a two year old, the image of having them wake up and brush that fuzzy hair out if her face, greeting you with a cheerful good morning ... Warmed my heart. Too often mornings are rushed ... But you really slowed it down and celebrated a small moment with each one if your kids. What a great start to a new week!

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  3. I smiled reading this. I have Kids aged 5,9,& almost11. I could relate. "She wrapped her little arms around me. . . Patted my back" yup love it!

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  4. Isn't it wonderful that if we think about our life...there are so many special times that we can savor the special moments that are a... "nice way to start a day"... loved every glimpse you shared.

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  5. Every one of your slices have made me smile, Robin. This is so nice to hear, that you're counting those sweet moments.

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  6. Aw, I love all the smiles and hugs. This is such a happy slice.

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