I am trying to hold on to the sweet little things in life, these are the things I don’t ever want to take for granted.
I woke up this morning with a heart full of appreciation. I put the kettle on for Sophia and myself, I had a nice early morning coffee, and she had her usual chocolate tea, which I get from Tesco’s! She loves it. We watched some morning telly, and had lots of cuddles, while we waited for the sun to rise, which it did, but still left the room, dull, and gloomy. But it was cosy. Archie soon woke up, and he is so extra cuddly in the mornings, I just want to eat him up and squish him, and hold in my arms forever! He had the usual huge bulging nappy from a night’s sleep, puffy eyes, a little bit of bed head of the hair he does have! And his little body was so warm, just so warm and cuddly. And he smelt so good, I sat on the sofa with my two children, and as I kissed Archie’s head, I breathed in his sweet sweet smell. There is something so amazingly delicious about your babies smell. I am sad to say Sophia doesn’t have that delicious smell anymore, I mean if I sniffed her unwashed hair I might gag. But Archie is still this new little human, with good breath, drinking mummy’s milk, and beautifully smelling hair and skin even if he hasn’t had a wash. After the morning lull wore off, we got into action.
We got ready for preschool. Archie is always so excited when I say let’s go to the door, and go for a walk, two words ‘door’ and ‘walk’ he knows very well, he stands at the door doing a little penguin dance, is the best way to describe it.
We took a lovely stroll; Archie waddled along pointing at all the tree’s giggling and screwing up his little nose. (Probably thinking how clever he was) As the previous day walking up the alley I had pointed to each tree and said ‘tree’ to him, there were about 20 trees in the alley, so he must have remembered this and was very pleased with himself indeed.
Sophia ran off ahead with her arms out pretending to be an aeroplane, and would race back to me and Archie; she looked so happy her soft blonde hair blowing in the wind, and her new pink shoes thudding on the floor as she ran towards us. Her little fingers moving up and down in her excitement. If I could get this moment and put it into a glass jar, to keep forever, of my Archie waddling beside me and Sophia running towards me, both smiling and giggling, I would. Its moments like this that play back in my head and make my hair stand on edge; I truly am living the dream here.
As we approach the preschool, the two of them walk in front of me holding hands, Sophia talking softly to her brother, telling him to walk this way and not to the school (her preschool is near a primary school) I smile to myself, these two don’t know how lucky they are. I look at them and I see a world of opportunity, an imagination waiting to be explored, a life hankering to be created. If these two little people only knew just how magical they were, they would know everything they ever needed to know about life.
They have made it, from the moment they we conceived they were a one in a million chance. They are now here walking in the jungles of life as Mike Dooley puts it, ready for adventure. And my, I hope they make an adventure of it.
So I look at them and I hope that I, their mum the one they chose can give them everything they need, so that they can be who they want to be. I hope the tools and skills I can provide them with will be enough to give them the absolute necessary skills to go out into the jungles and conquer. Oh little ones if only you knew the big task I have on my hands, and oh how I wish you will be gentle with me. I will try my best, do my best and more, to not only fulfill anything it is you may ever ask of me, but to go beyond and teach you things that you may never have thought possible.
Thank you for this day, I am so blessed to have spent it with you. In this gloomy and dull weather, you two are my sunshine, with your little smiles and your high pitched squeals of excitement, my day could not have been better.