I am making a vow right here and now to slow it down. Come on, who is with me?
This evening Peylyn and I went to return a light bulb at Wal-Mart and as usual I put her in the cart and bolted through the parking lot, made a bee line to customer service and headed off to the kitchen section. Yeah, don't judge me...I returned a light bulb that we ended up not needing and put my money towards a glass loaf pan.
I decided to also head to the back and grab a bottle of wine. Peylyn was squirming and trying to get out of the cart and I am desperately trying to entertain her. So I grabbed a bottle and decided to take her out and let her walk. My biggest worry about letting a little one walk is always all of the other people that are too absorbed into their own shopping to bother watching out for little ones. Being the awesome little girl that she is she gladly took my hand and we very slowly made our way to the front of the store.
It was the sweetest thing ever! She had my hand in one hand and my wallet in the other and she was just taking it all in. Touching bags on shelves, feeling the produce and rubbing fabric...why on earth do we rush through awesome experiences like this? As I was walking back to the wine I thought to myself how dizzying the lights are in stores like this and add on top of that going at fast speeds, I can only imagine how it feels from their perspective. The lights were not half as bad when we went through the store at Peylyn's speed.
It hit me that I have been having to teach myself to slow it down and be patient in the kitchen with all of my new cooking and fermenting to get great results, of course if I slow it down with my kids I will also get great results there as well. We rush through life expecting them to take it in so fast and then we have 10 year old that are acting like 16 year olds and we can't figure out why. I was having such a great time with her that even the people that huffed and sped around us didn't bother me. Normally I am the person huffing at all of the people that are holding me up.
So, right here and now I am taking the vow that I will do my best to let my kids lead the way. I will go at their speed and let them take in everything that they want and not complain that they need to "hurry it up."
I just wish that this lesson would have come before we took our after dinner walk (thank goodness for warmer weather) this evening. Looking back I know I sounded like a broken record...come on, keep up, let's go, speed it up guys...ugh.