I am so glad I made the time to chauffeur a princess today.
I had a list of errands a mile long to get done during nap time, which is always way too short to get things like that done. I am blessed to have older kids who are of babysitting age as well as a husband who works nights and is therefore home during the day, so errand running rarely involves me having to bring kids along. At the same time, being frugal means getting as much done as I can on each trip out, so often errands are run here and there on my way past something.
Like so many other parents, it often feels like I live in my car with taking this kid here and that kid there. So much so that on Wednesdays I am often in and out of my car 22 times from eight in the morning until nine at night. Sometimes my husband is home to help with the driving, but most times he is either at work or school so it is just me.
On this particular day, the errands just needed to get done, and I didn’t have anyone who needed to go anywhere. Just me, in the car, all by myself.
As I was using the restroom before I headed off I was going through in my mind the things I wanted to think about since I would have uninterrupted alone time to actually think a thought through from start to finish. Freedom!
I opened the bathroom door to find my youngest beauty patiently waiting, poised to ask me something. And ask she did. “Can I come with you?”
Since I had no valid reason that she couldn’t, I knew the calling to be an intentional mom meant that I had to tell her that she could come with me, much to my own disappointment.
I wish I could have bottled up the sparkle in her eye as I told her yes. She had a smile from ear to ear and took off running to make herself pretty for heading out. She was back in a flash with the same smile still plastered on her face.
We headed off, and as I have mentioned before, I kept the radio off and just waited to hear what my girl wanted to talk about. She talked about this and that, I asked her some engaging questions, and at times she just looked out the window, smiling.
I don’t think that smile ever left her face the entire time. As we walked in and out of the stores, hand in hand, she looked up at me and smiled with that same sparkle in her eye. The sparkle I would have totally missed that day had I been focused on my thoughts rather than on her heart.
While I fully recognize the need for moms to get away and encourage moms to do so at times (this is what going to the gym every day is for me), I was so glad I heeded that little voice inside my head to chauffeur a princess that day. I’m glad I listened, really listened to her question since I would have otherwise missed the chance to connect our hearts.