Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Reverb10 day 4

I'm a little late on this (4days...), but I really am enjoying the writing process....bear with me.

Prompt: Wonder. How did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life this year? Author: Jeff Davis

I don't think I did anything specific to cultivate a sense of wonder this year, but there was a moment of wonder that took my breath away...I have a photo of it....

This is #1 and #2 loving each other...

We were blessed to be able to spend 4 days at the Magic Kingdom this year for a vacation. Normally, I feel stress going into a vacation because I know it doesn't take much variation in the schedule or surroundings of my kids to get them in a minor funk. I don't look forward to public meltdowns. I'm not sure there's a mom out there who does! I've been spending the majority of my efforts with the kids in getting along - how to talk instead of shout, how to show grace when wronged, how to share, how to deal with disappointment, etc. It's exhausting many times, and I don't always see the fruit of my efforts. I was not looking forward to continue teaching while we're on vacation at Disney. I wanted a vacation from character development....

We were in day 2 of our vacation. Everyone had Mickey ears. We were going and seeing and doing and giggling. Then we got in line for Dumbo, and I looked up, and #1 reached over and put his arm around #2 and said, "I love you, and I'm glad you're my sister."

Normally #2 would push him away, but she put her arm around him and said, "Thanks, I love you too." And they stood in line together.

It was working. They like being together. They love each other. They are talking to each other - kindly. YEAAAAAAAAA!!!!!

I know it's not all about me feeling accomplished, but BOY did I feel like super mom!!!

It just kept getting better. We all worked together to pick the next ride/show/whatever we were going to do. No fighting. Lots of compromising, talking kindly and problem solving. I was beginning to believe that the Magic Kingdom was truly magical.

Then it came time to leave the park - no fits, no meltdowns. We walked out of the park hand in hand in hand in hand in hand singing "You got a Friend in Me" at the top of our lungs - all 5 of us. We got weird stares from the foreigners who were wearing their socks pulled up to their knees and sandals, and it didn't matter. We were having fun as a family. We were enjoying each other.......aaaaahhhh

Reverb 10 is an annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next. A different author each day delivers a prompt to help you complete the mission of Reverb 10.

1 comment:

  1. Ohhh, how I love this! And you know, when they continue to get bigger, roadtrips and times outside the norm are the best bondbuilders. I have found over and over again that I want to stay out of town because I want to keep these marvelous kids all to myself... the same ones who were driving me more than a bit nuts before we left home...

    Thank you for the kind words on twitter about my haiku. The Moms are especially loving the wise toddler one... and seriously, I know some very wise toddlers... toddlers who out-wise Mom and Dad when we stop and look directly instead of tangentially all the time!

    Kudos for a great family vacation. I look forward to reading more from you!


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