Thursday, October 4, 2012

This Is What Matters

It doesn't matter where these photos were taken, really:




I'll tell you, though, since I'm not a meanie usually - we went to a Thomas the Train event, making the long drive through the Texas Hill Country last weekend. The event, deliriously fun as it was for the wee CEO, taught me something too.

I look at that photo up top and - once I'm done squeeeeing over the cuteness - I'm empowered. I want to do better. Be better. Be worthy of that smile.

I'd do just about anything to see that face there look that happy. OK, I dunno about anything - maybe I wouldn't send him to a strip club with a stack of $1s (or any denomination, now that I think about it) - but how about re-dedicating myself to making sure he's well and safe and happy?


Do I even need to note the days when Daddy was in charge of dressing Master P, or is that abundantly clear by now?

It's a visceral thing, that need to make your child happy. As obvious as that may sound, it's a deep physical longing I didn't expect, part of this post-child New Normal:




Why not direct the energy I've wasted worrying about things largely out of my control - my defective ladyparts, other people's health problems ("OPHP"), this here blog spinning its wheels - into doing my damndest to make that face that happy? Not that we can kill off worrying by wishing it so, but we can work to counterbalance it.

I've been so preoccupied with my stuff that I wonder if I've been missing our good stuff:


Again, not my choice of outfit, but it made the boys happy, so . . .

If you'll forgive me the broken record (MP3? download?) here lately, I pause again to remember the things that I do have, the little moments like these. These

It's not about me anymore. Never was, really.

This matters. The rest - yes, even the Pretty fashion stuff - is all just window dressing (sometimes literally, and we'll get back to that shortly, but . . .). Yes. This.

14 comments:

Tiffany said...

Well said! As a mother, you find yourself doing/buying/making/driving to things you'd never have done pre-kids. But then, you're not the same either. He has changed you forever.

I love the pictures of AH and Wee CEO. They look very sweet together.

We took our boys to that event when they were wee. You can't help but love a day when your little guy sees something that makes him so happy.

xoxo

Tippy

Rachel said...

Fantastic post M! You have some good looking boys...very blessed :)

Jessica said...

The "matching" outfits are cracking me up!

Life is full of seasons. You need winter to enjoy spring. Sometimes you need to be focused on unimportant things to allow yourself to be reminded what's really important.

Kwana said...

The outfits are fantastic and that smile is just everything!

TUWABVB said...

I love this post. And love you for stating such a simple rule that everyone can live by - live to make those you love happy. ((hugs))

Also, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the matching Giants ensemble! And my husband looked at me like I was a freak when I put my Giants garb on for the game. ;)

Samma said...

Master P is just too cute! He looks so much like you in pictures- does he look like you in person as well?

JMS said...

Very well said! By the way was Thomas' Day Out worth it? It came to my hometown and we considered going but it was $24 a person 2 & up. So we decided against it this year but maybe next year- since we are paying for Noah might as well have him really enjoy it.

ms. mindless said...

I LOVE their shirts! So adorable. Love this post, love you and your writing :)

Perfectly Imperfect said...

I so love this post. And very true. This has been on my heart lately too. Pretty sure it makes us awesome Moms that we think about this kind of stuff ;)

Desiree Lynn said...

Ahhh the matching outfits. Gotta love that even if it's not your top choice. ;)

I have to agree. Making sure my boys are happy is what makes me the happiest now. I'd much rather have a tickle fight than a free pass for shopping.

CHAS said...

So true. I'm amazed every day that it took me 31 years + a child to learn that it's not all about me.

I'm not yet brave enough to post photos of the outfits D finds for Georgia!

AndreaLeigh said...

I love this post! Sometimes I get so caught up in getting the perfect picture of the event that I forget to enjoy the event!

Kate said...

I absolutely love these photos. I hope you already printed and framed!!

What kind of camera do you use?

International Woman of Mystery said...

Your boys are so handsome and happy!

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