It hit me like a ton of bricks. An ‘aha’ moment of sorts. I picked up my new book to begin reading and the opening line “What we do everyday matters more than what we do once in a while.” So simple, yet so profound.
I think as parents we can get caught up with feeling bad when we can’t afford fancy family vacations or concert tickets or other events that would be so much fun, but are just beyond our means. We want to give our kids these fun things. They ‘deserve’ the same opportunities and experiences as their friends.
I don’t know why I needed a book to validate what I already knew, but it was awful nice to read it just the same. Making sand castles at the beach and playing ball in the yard is really what childhood memories are made of. I may not be able to afford white water rafting but every day I can hug my kids tell them I love them and wish them a good day at school, and I do know in the bottom of my heart that those things trump any vacation.
Being me, being the best mom I can be is simply enough. Now enough ranting, I have to get back to my book… Which funny enough isn’t about parenting at all 🙂