Friday, March 26, 2010

Living in the Moment

Yesterday I took the girls for a walk since we finally had spring-like weather. S wanted to push R in the stroller which is big feat for a 2 1/2 year old since it's one of the big travel system strollers. She did a great job for the most part. Had a little trouble going straight sometimes, but overall did very well. R was babbling, and S said, "She's talkin' up a storm!" I had to smile at my little parrot (just as I held my breath earlier in the day when her Lego building fell apart and she said "CRAP!").

Anyway, we were walking along, taking our time - S was watching some boys play basketball, stopping to pick the first dandelion of the season, etc. She was wearing some pants that are a little too big, and I'd forgotten to put a belt on her so she was having to stop to hitch them up from time to time. I also forgot that she'd opted not to wear panties. As a newly potty-trained kiddo, I've been pretty lenient about underwear. I figure whatever she wants is fine for now as long as it's not a diaper!

So after we'd gone about a hundred feet, S decided she wanted to run while pushing the stroller. I told her she could if she was careful with Sissy, so off she went. And down slid her pants past her tushie to about mid-thigh. I was running after her yelling for her to stop. By the third time I told her to stop and she hadn't, I was getting frustrated and thinking to myself, "Why can't she mind me?" (We've been struggling in this area a lot lately.)

Just then, I heard a loud laugh from across the street. Our neighbor from a couple houses down was sitting on his porch and cracking up. I started to laugh, too, and S stopped and giggled. Where was the camcorder when I needed it? While it's important for the girls to learn to follow directions, it's also important to put life in perspective and not get bogged down in the minutiae. Enjoy the moment! There's a time for everything under the sun, and this was definitely a time to laugh.


Gina said...

Too true, too true!
I deliberately document nearly every embarrassing moment possible :)

Not Just Another Jennifer said...

Oh Gina, you sweet woman! There are not enough pixels in the Web universe to summarize the number of embarrassing moments I've endured in my life. I've contemplated posting my top 10 list, but I don't know if I could live with it being out there for the world to know. Maybe just 10 of the more embarrassing ones, not necessarily THE most embarrassing ones.

L. Eleana Johnson said...

"Enjoy the moment" is great advice! But it would have been nice if you had a camera so you could show this to your girls 10 years from now, lol!

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