Dangling down at the end near this overgrown tree:
Oh, and most importantly… still up the day after trick or treaters saw these:
… does that make me proactive or seriously deficient at life?
Does your answer change if I tell you that I never took them down last year?
Real talk, mama… here it is: whether you’re staring at a pile of pumpkins, last year’s craft vestiges hanging in the window, the sheets that have come untucked on your toddler’s bed, or even the clothes unfolded on the toddler’s bed where she has never ever slept (yeah… I can’t be the only one, right?), please let this be the time today that someone tells you that you are doing a wonderful job. It doesn’t hurt to hear it on Tuesday. Or Thursday or Sunday. I mean, really, you should hear it everyday.
You are making magic EVERY DAY. And as the holidays turn, the days pass, and our littles grow bigger and bigger, we hold the greatest moments in our hands and hearts. They are hidden in those few moments of brushing teeth before bed. In that time you caught a lizard in the backyard. When you sat down to draw stick figures, read that favorite book, snuggled up with a cup of tea on the floor. In the forgotten strings of lights. In the leftovers that go beyond day 5. Each of these elements is a memory – a simple moment, or one of pure joy and elation. In the snuggles, the sniffles, and even the heartbreak of losing a pet… your presence and energy is smoothing a path, invigorating a passion, and strengthening a confidence and joy that will one day carry forward to create new memories with a future family.
Goodness knows I needed this reminder, catching sight of that snowflake in the window, seeing the overgrown tree in the corner of the yard, so as November breaks, I’m passing it along to you: let your perceived flaws go. You are making a wonderful difference. You are. Yes, even if you haven’t vacuumed the floor since August. Even if you haven’t worn mascara this week, or even deodorant. Even if the holidays have been permanently here to stay.
So keep on keeping on. Carry on, lovelies. You are fighting the good fight and creating magic. You are a winner.