The Gypsy Mama. We receive a word each week and we get to write for five minutes flat. Our word for this week is PRESENT.
Today I'm only working a few hours. I feel like I already packed much into this day. I get to spend three hours with the children until their parents pick them up. I step into the classroom and the only ones I see are Jennifer and two little ones still asleep on their nap mats. I feign surprise and ask Jennifer where have all the children gone?
Next thing I hear are squeals of laughter coming from behind the cubbies. Out jumped nine excited children shouting, "Surprise. Here we are Miss Debbie!" They were giggling and smiling.
As I began to unpack my camera (of course) and place my belongings in the desk, the children spot my bubble wrap. Before I know it, they are on the floor trying to pop the bubbles. Interesting how engaged they can be as a group using a common object for entertainment. Priceless!
I notice one who is beginning to wake up. She is always excited to see me so I sit on the floor next to her. A sleepy eye opens and I see the beginnings of a smile. Her hand reaches out and she moves her head onto my lap attempting to open her beautiful green eyes. Once she is fully awake, she's ready to show me that yes she can still count to 100 all by herself!
I remind myself to be present in this moment. My husband is always reminding me to treasure these precious moments. Time goes by and life can change quickly. I've learned that from experience. So even on the days when I am working only a few hours, I choose to be present in the moment. Live, love, laugh. Be present.
Blessings and love,