I’ve spent the last couple of days with my parents who traveled a long way to visit us, and also with my sweet nephew. And I have a guilty conscience right now because the whole time I was with them, my mind was far away, stressing about all the things I had to get done. Instead of focusing on the pure joy of being able to spend a few days with my parents, I thought about work, and house projects, and the long list of things I need to get done in the near future. Instead of sitting down with my nephew and asking him to show me how to play the awesome video game he just created, I just blandly praised him and then snuck off to try to cram in some work. Shame on me!
Fortunately, at the end of this week, I get a do-over. My family is all coming back again to visit for a few more days and this time, it will be different. I caught myself, and so I will be different. I hope they forgive me for being lousy company last weekend.
I vow to do more of this, with them:
and I vow to follow their lead and take a slow stroll hand in hand…
And I vow to sit with my parents and just focus completely on them rather than messing around with my phone and checking email while we’re talking (guilty, sorry mom):
And next time, I vow to help build the biggest and baddest marble run ever instead of working while the kids build it.
It’s the simple things, right?
SJPmama is the schemer, founder, and the editor at San Juan Parent. She created San Juan Parent because she wanted to find fun activities for families in the San Juan Mountain Region that would tire her kids out and make them go to bed at a decent hour. She has been banging away on computers for longer than she can remember and freelances at various tech jobs. She considers herself extremely lucky to have such awesome friends and family who are willing to let SJP feature their stories on the interwebs.