The two words that were constantly coming out of this mother’s mouth, were the two I was saying most often “HURRY UP.” She was rushing her daughter everywhere from the moment she woke up until it was time for bed.
I always seem to be rushing, from activity to activity to shopping to work to day care to home to a bath to bed…..wherever I am going, it is always a rush. I am a very on time person, so I hate to be late, and kids being kids tend to dawdle which is where the antsy me steps in.
“Why are we stopping??”
“Don’t pick flowers, we do not have time!!”
“Get in the car!!”
“Don’t stop to talk to the cat; we need to go!”
“You do not need to go back and get another toy!?!”
I think in society today there is the feeling that there is just never enough hours in the day to do what is needed to be done. To save a few minutes here gets you a few minutes more of doing something else.
I find this a lot being a part-time worker, technically cramming in a full-time job in 3 days. I have become a master at being on the GO.
Though today was different, Miss Z was at home today as she has not been too well. I was working from home. I took Miss Z out to Kmart to stock up on some coloring books to keep her amused for the afternoon and tomorrow. So since I was using my lunch break, we had an hour to do something which would normally take 15 minutes.
I found we wandered around slowly, stopping to look at things, I let Miss Z pull the cart around, we stopped and read a page out of a few different books that caught her eye, we cuddled the soft toys. Miss Z helped me scan the items at the self-check out and packed them into bags, we walked past the cake shop and looked at the yummy cakes.
Miss Z pointing to different ones and naming them after their colours. I let her carry a shopping bag, we stopped to look at the flowers at the florist, and we even walked ever so slowly back to the car to enjoy the sun on our faces.
I still made it home with 10 minutes left of my lunch break. There was no stress or pressure, and Miss Z got to dawdle without me rushing her along and saying “Come on let’s go running, quick”.
We took things slowly today, looked around, took in our surroundings, and it was FUN!
I am just hoping that returning to work tomorrow I can keep this going.
Are you caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life? Can you take things slowly?