This week has been pretty hectic. Jackson started pre-k, we went to visit family, we had family come in town, 4th of July shenanigans, plus all the normal daily nonsense of work, parenting, life.
But if you stop and look, you can almost always find some small moments of peace and happiness, no matter the craziness. Sometimes you have to look longer and harder, but they’re there. And I did have many to choose from: little arms reaching for me, “I love hugs & kisses mommy”, holding hands with my husband, watching fireworks with my family, laughing while we picked ice cream flavors. There were a lot.
But one of my favorites this week was sitting in a kitchen, talking with women who are my family and also my friends. The kids ran around chasing each other, squealing with delight. We talked motherhood and marriage, family and friendship, work and leisure. We ate and talked, and laughed, and hugged, and talked some more.
I’m so lucky in my life to be surrounded by strong, intelligent, thoughtful, caring, kind, funny, REMARKABLE women. I was raised around and by them (my mom was definitely of the remarkable persuasion), and the next generation is proving to be more of the same awesomeness. And so when I get to be around them, it brings me such happiness and joy. That we love each other only adds to the rejuvenation that these ladies bring me.
So this week, happiness was found with family, and laughter, and connection, and women who remind me in their own awesomeness of all that I’m capable of being.
Prompt from Bring Back the Words, Week 3.