So this past week proved to be a tough one for us, and I was reminded of what’s really important to me yet again. The morale of the story? The lawn can wait… In fact so can the laundry, the house cleaning, and just about every other menial task that pulls me away from my kids.
Last week with my wife away I was again reminded how lucky I am to have her as the mother of my children and my partner through all of this. Shortly after Jen returned from Florida I had to run out to a weekend long work event, and shortly thereafter my youngest son John got sick with a respiratory virus and had to be hospitalized for three days. I had planned on being home with everyone during that time because of all the craziness lately, and I really wanted all of us to spend time as a family. I had a couple of days planned out with a trip to the train museum, and some time at the park with the kids, and some free time. I was even going to mow the lawn and clean up the yard. The lawn had really been neglected for the past few weeks and was getting long and messy and it really started bothering me.
As the weekend came and went Jen and I were like two ships passing in the night. One of us at the hospital, one at home, and a grandparent or two pitching in to watch the little ones as we went back and forth. Each passing day we worried about John, and spoke to doctors and made sure the other three were getting the attention and love they needed through all of this. Finally after a few days and some medical attention we were able to reunite the family again, and boy it felt good! I woke up on Wednesday morning and looked outside and the grass was a foot high. I can’t stand when the grass gets that long, it really makes me feel like I’m not doing my part around the house and at that moment I decided I wasn’t going to work that day. I wasn’t talking to clients, or even dealing with prospective clients, and believe it or not I wasn’t going to mow the lawn either.
You see, every now and then when I think I have it all figured out something happens and I am reminded of what’s most important in this world. That long grass was going to be just a little longer later that day. There were 4 little ones that needed me and I think I needed them even more. They had been shuffled all around for the past week and never stopped smiling! Not to mention the experience John had in the hospital. I cancelled all appointments for the day and made one very important appointment with my family at the Danbury Train Museum. We spent the afternoon hanging out at the house watching the construction crew pave a new road. The look of amazement on all the kids faces was indescribable! I felt like I was seeing it all over for the very first time! We had an absolutely amazing day together! Jen and I even looked at each other that afternoon and both agreed that it may have been the best day we’ve ever had as a family. It was filled with so much love it’s hard to explain but the bottom line is the only reason it happened was because we allowed it to happen. I hope next time it doesn’t take my 18 month old going to the hospital to remind me of this, but I’m so unbelievably grateful that this day happened.
Every now and then we just have to remind ourselves that the lawn can wait…