Tuesday my oldest was home from school because she still had a cough and sore throat left over from the weekend. Her covid test was negative but we definitely wanted her to be healthy before returning her to school. We read some books but mostly her and her sister just played quietly.
Now we have reached Wednesday. My oldest didn't want to go to school today because she would rather be home learning as we did last year. Because she still had a cough and possible sore throat we allowed her one more day of rest. Then spent all morning trying to find a balance in connecting but not having too much fun as she needed to rest and will have to return to school tomorrow.
Then there is my little one, who has now missed three days of having her special mommy time. It is easy to see she is over having her big sister home during HER time with me. We had to carve out some snuggle time and special activities to reconnect.
It can be a hard balance. We all need connection. We need to feel seen and heard. We all benefit from some time spent with someone special. But we also need space to grow. We need space to be alone and contemplate. We need space to reach out and try something new. We need support and love but also wings.
I'm grateful for these extra days with my oldest daughter. I'm grateful to hear she enjoys spending time with me still. I'm grateful to carve out some special time for my little one. I'm grateful to try and honor their needs even as I seek balance of my own. I'm grateful to connect. I'm grateful they enjoy games and crafts. I'm grateful to remember to give love first.
How do you connect? What is your favorite activity to do with a friend?
May we take time to connect. May we feed the piece of our soul that is in need. May we also take time to reflect and grow. Have a beautiful day!