Despite being up for over an hour during the night she woke very early and was wide awake. Like many kids her age, she is a big fan of questions. This morning it was trivia. Trivia with a toddler has a whole different level of complexity because you only get half the information. "Who got in the taxi and drove away in that movie?" "What's the dog's name that barked at that girl?"
In her time zone it was daytime without the need for confirmation by silly external things like the sun. Apparently movies stream through the air, replaying for her. It is like a special science fiction, movie lovers paradise.
Yet as I sit here exhausted, and honestly a little grumpy, I must ask one question, What am I grateful for in this moment? Perhaps it is tired delirium, perhaps it is my daughter now singing "If You're Happy and You Know It" at the top of her lungs to the dog (who also looks exhausted); I cannot help but laugh! "Welcome to parenting," I hear a voice in my mind. And as I look down at my growing belly it asks, "Ready for round two?!"
I'm grateful for the joys of parenting. I'm grateful to have learned over the years that I can make it through the day on little sleep when needed. I'm grateful my daughter is in a good mood despite the little sleep. I'm grateful to just laugh. I'm grateful to start the morning laughing with the hope and conscious intention of keeping this day positive. And I'm grateful for this beautiful child and her ever inquisitive mind. I'm grateful to be so blessed as to have someone to keep me up all night and still be able to make me smile.
What struggle can you laugh about today? What blessings are gracing your life, even if they seem disguised?
May today remind us to appreciate what we have. May we find laughter even if it is the result of sleep-deprived delirium. Have a beautiful day!