Summer break has come and gone. I no longer have kids in school but I took a break from blogging to spend time with my grandson. I still had to work but the whole family was able to take a week of vacation together and we went camping twice. It has been a great summer, one I will not soon forget.
This summer has been a reminder of things that I once knew but forgot somewhere along the journey of life. I probably forget these small unimportant things because the joys in life are more important than a few aches and pains or moans and groans.
I forgot that when you are on a hike your destination is back where you started. On one of our camping trips, my husband and I decided to take a walk. My husband said we should stay on the path and what he meant was that we should stay on the paved path which would have been a much shorter walk. Well, I stayed on the path just not the paved path and took off on a hike. We went rather far and I probably would have kept going because I was feeling good and not tired in the least but he thought we were getting lost. So we decided to turn around and head back to camp. I don’t even think we were half way back when I started slowing down and getting tired. I didn’t think I was going to make it back to camp and had to sit down and rest while I moaned and groaned. I forgot that I had to get back to where I had started and am so thankful my husband made me turn around. I hope I remember the next time I take off on a hike to only walk half as far as I think I can then I’ll have enough energy to get back.
It has been 21 years since I’ve had a two year old, I forget how much a toddler can wear a person out. How did I manage when I was a mom? Oh yeah, I was younger and had more energy. I love my grandson but he makes me tired just watching him. He has so much fun crawling up in my lap and then down hundreds of times and it makes me ache all over. Up and down, up and down, up and down. You get the picture. I’m not as young as I once was and I have aches and pains without a two year old crawling all over me. But I love him and he has reminded me that a two year old is a lot of work. I will try not to forget this so that if I have another grandchild I won’t let him/her wear me out. Right, even if I remember I will still let them crawl all over me because grand-kids are the greatest joy ever.
So even if we forget little things over the course of life, we remember the important things that bring us joy. We remember the time spent together on a hike talking and enjoying the view not how we couldn’t make it back to camp. We remember sitting in front of a campfire and breathing in the cool night air. We remember the smile and laughter of a little boy when we sit down to play and not the aches and pains.