Ten things

February 21, 2009

Ten things that made me happy today:

Hearing my children’s laughter;

Hearing the silence as they work to figure out how to attach the crane to the dump truck, or a piece of yarn to the helicopter, or whatever else is needed for today’s play;

Eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner with them, as I love to do;

Soothing Little Bear because he (accidentally) spilled his milk, because he gave up the sippy cup months ago;

Planting seeds, and checking on the hyacinth bulb that is growing roots(!) and green shoots already in our little vase;

Planting the seeds of inquiry in their little brains, asking them where the roots come from, and helping them figure it out;

Reading a new book to them at naptime (Magic Treehouse – book 11, I think);

Reading a new one for me (Annie’s Box) while they cuddle and fall asleep;

Hearing my boys negotiate over the Geotrax trains (both of them! talking!);

Hearing them say, “G’night, mom,” as they throw their big boy arms around my neck.

And a bonus one — my friend Jessica has told us “how to help” and take action in response to the news of baby Vivi’s loss, and baby Gwendolyn’s fight.  St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.  I don’t know why I didn’t think about it before.  Did you know that St. Jude provides free care for every child with cancer in America?  They work with insurance companies and fund the rest through donations.  I was blown away by that.  I mean, I remember the TV ads about it, but I’m ashamed to admit I’d never made a donation to help.  Until now.  Thanks, Jessica, for the reminder.  I’m so proud to be your friend.