I love life.
I consider myself a student of life, I make plenty of mistakes BUT I learn from them.
When I learn something big I want to shout it from the roof top. I’M A DIFFERENT PERSON TODAY. Better than the day before.
As a child I went to a private Christian school – we did not carpool but rode a bus.
This is the first year I have had a child in pre-school where there was an option of carpooling. My husband suggested my best friend and I trade on and off with picking up the kids since our children are in the same class. I thought it was sort of a silly idea. I only live 15 minutes from his school so why would either of us want to drive over to the others house? How would it make things easier?
When my friend suggested it too. I thought OK I’ll try it.
I learned a valuable lesson in the process. When I had my friends daughter in the car I did not talk on my cell phone. I asked her and my son about their day. I talked to them the whole way home. I know this may make me sound like a bad mother because you are wondering what I normally do in the car when I have my own three kids, but if you are a parent of little children you will likely understand.
There is no time of the day other than when my children are sleeping or when we are in the car that they are in the same position and unable to get into trouble. When I am in the car it is one of the only chances I get during the day to pick up the phone and talk to a friend or family member semi uninterrupted. It never occurred to me to think about it as a time when my kids were confined and actually had to listen to what I was saying.
This realization makes me happy. I talk to my friends less, which yes is not fun BUT I talk to my kids more. I use this time in the car as a valuable resource rather than time to kill between getting from here to there.
I remember as a child listening to adults say – time flies when you have children. Now I am one of those parents. Time flies. My daughter is over 5 years old and it seems like she was just born yesterday. In less than 13 years she will be ready to leave our house for college. 13 years is a VERY short time in the scheme of things.
Carpooling taught me to pay attention to my kids more and remember what the most important job in my life will ever be – being Chloe, Miles and Colton’s mommy.
It’s important to keep running in perspective. It is amazing and I certainly can not and do not want to imagine my life with out it but it is a gift that can be taken away. In striving to be better runners we need to remind ourselves that times on a clock are just that. A time. Time spent making memories are more important than numbers. I had an amazing time on Sunday at Marine Corps Marathon, not because I ran a 3:21 but because I made memories that I hope last a lifetime.
|Photo courtesy of Run Dash|
Thank you Miss S for opening my eyes.
I am a student of life.