Priorities

This summer has definitely been a whirlwind of fun. I’m lucky enough to be a stay at home mom, so most of my days are filled with parks, sprinklers, and filling up water balloons. We also had a great trip to Montauk and just returned from London and the Channel Islands. My daughter, Grace, starts full time school for the first time this September. I’ll be back in school myself at the end of August.
We have been back from England almost a week now. Since we have been home, I have been such a ball of stress. I guess I was feeling like summer was really coming to a close and reality was starting to set in. I have been studying for this entry exam, which has been driving me totally crazy (mainly because it involves oh so dreaded math). Yesterday, after finishing my 3 1/2 hour cram session, I took Grace out to Long Island City for a change of scenery and a special day. We were there for about 20 minutes, then it hit me like a ton of bricks-I needed to seriously reevaluate my priorities. I have been so preoccupied with worrying about a test, that I was truly missing what might be my last summer at home with Grace.
I have a tendency to blow things up bigger than they are. This test is important, but it can wait and I have more than ample time to study when school is actually in session. Instead of being weighed down by worrying, I realized I wanted to spend every remaining moment of our summer enjoying my girl. For these moments truly are fleeting and must be appreciated. Everyone always tells you how fast time flies once you have kids, but until you have them, you don’t realize the half of it. I want to look back and know I took in every run through the sprinklers, every tumble in the grass, every water balloon thrown, and every smile that comes along with the sunny days of summer. Priorities officially recognized and changed!

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