So worth it.
Ever uttered those words and really meant it? Not like the scoop of ice cream you ate the other night or the extra serving of cheesecake was “so worth it,” but something else. Do you ever look around, take stock of what’s in your life, and think, “Yeah. That’s so worth it.” Whatever that might be. And whatever it is. Because I do take stock and I can tell you, I know instantly what I think about.
I think about my two boys.
I think about all those nights and the two a.m. feedings.
I think about pumping at work to make sure they had enough breast milk when they were little.
I think about looking into their sweet little faces while I cradled them in my arms as infants.
I think about watching them grow too fast.
I think about endless fights that I break up between the two of them.
I think about endless hugs I witness when I least expect it.
I think about tantrums and meltdowns and wishing bedtime would hurry up and come.
I think about hearing them telling me they love me and that I’m their best friend.
I think about how exhausted I am at the end of the day and I know that I would never get this exhausted if I didn’t have children. I’d look good in the mornings more often. My car would look cleaner. I’d be late less often. I’d never worry about leaving work late, except for when it bugs my husband. Life without children makes things less complicated. Less messy. And, as I realize from tears I’ve cried recently, my life would be less emotional. And yet all of these things that I’m go without are “so worth it” to me.
What about all the things I receive in return? Like, sloppy wet kisses. And almost falling asleep while snuggling with a boy who just wanted “five quick snuggles.” And knowing that Big Guy will “choose me” every night when it comes time to tuck him into bed–just like I know he’ll give me more kisses than he gives his dad (sorry, but it’s true!). And how my boys will argue over who gets to crowd around me on the couch, which seems like a problem, but really just makes me warm (both figuratively and literally). And making silly faces in the camera just to get smiles from my boys. And watching two wonderful little humans that my husband and I created out of love grow and develop into wonderful little boys who will one day become awesome young men. Yes. I know unequivocally as I chase the birds with my son just to watch them fly.
From the pure joy my boys bring into my life.
From childlike pleasure I get that I know I would miss without them.
From knowing that as they grow, I’ll get to witness the wonder and joy of their accomplishments.
They’re so worth it.
What’s “So Worth It” in Your Life?
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This Week’s Prompts:
- What is your favorite way to spend a lazy day?
- Write today’s entry dated 10 years into the future.
- Write about something currently in your life that is “worth it.”
Next Week’s Prompts:
- Write a mathematical formula for something you believe in. (For example: Sleeping in + Coffee = Bliss)
- What is something you look forward to every week?
- You know you were born to shine! What is one way you really stand out?
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Originally posted 2015-05-02 08:00:00.