I’ll just say it now – Mom and Dad, you were right. All those times you scornfully looked me square in the eye and preached, “You’ll never understand until you have children,” well …. I couldn’t agree more. Luckily for me, I’m saying this in a positive manner – as Lucas has yet to test the waters and challenge my strength of discipline. Perhaps this blog post is for you guys. Perhaps it is for all of my naïve friends who have yet to experience the joys of parenthood. Perhaps it is simply an opportunity to reflect upon what Lucas has taught me thus far.
Three years ago, I knew nothing about what it truly meant to be a parent. I assumed it was all about teaching the child — raising him to be an intelligent, responsible, loving adult. Fast forward to three years post childbirth; I smile at the beauty of my ignorance. Only a fraction of parenthood is about teaching the child. What most new parents cannot know is that an even greater piece of the equation involves forgetting what you know and beginning to see the world anew – with curious eyes and an awakened mind. We don’t have all the answers, and sometimes it takes new beginnings – even a new life – to truly understand this.
I love the thought that ‘we can always begin again.’ As Lucas takes my hand, I am beginning to appreciate the absurdity and preciousness of the present moment.
Enjoy the simplest of lessons Lucas has taught me over the years!
The best snuggles require drool and lots of snoring
Imaginary play surpasses toys/games any day
The messier the play, the better the day
Always give something/someone a second chance — first impressions are NOT everything
It is OKAY to cry (thank you for reminding me of this)
No dream is too big
Have no fear
If you need help, ask for it
The best days are the ones we never planned
I love you, my little man. Never stop inquiring. Never stop exploring. Never stop dreaming. And never, stop teaching.