We work so hard for the smallest moments. Here's some perspective through the eyes of a loving father.
There are many tiny moments of glory that we experience in everyday life. We work for these moments by working our butts off to enjoy a sliver of magic. Have you ever noticed that? Have you ever stopped to think about how much you’re investing when it comes to energy, time and money all for what? A tiny moment to etch in your mind as an experience.
As a dad, I’ve enjoyed these moments with my kids. Kids will test your patience level all day, everyday. They can often drive you to the point of insanity. I think it’s God’s way of saying and confirming that we can’t and won’t control everything. As much as we’d like to think we could, we simply won’t. And I’ve learned this lesson many times over.
So what are my tiny moments of glory with the kids?
When they say my name - Daddy (in their kid voices)
When they say ‘I love you’
Their endless laughter
When they all play nicely
Their pranks on me
When they need my help
When they sleep
Now as a parent, you all know I love my kids dearly. To the moon and back. But we all know that as a parent, kids can drive you to the point that’ll make you question why you wanted to have kids in the first place.
There are many moments in the day that Michelle and I feel like we’re constantly dealing with kid issues. Here’s a few examples:
Telling them to play nice
Reiterating right from wrong
Telling them to not bother us while we’re on the phone, in the bathroom, etc.
Letting mommy and daddy talk for two seconds with no interruptions
Staying on top of chores
Stop fighting over the iPad, toys, room space, clothes, etc
Literally have to tell them to just eat their food
I mean the list could go on forever. But the most important thing is that we love it when they have their cute moments. And the funny thing about the cute moments is that’s the exact moment where everything that got on your nerves, suddenly disappears.
I can’t explain how it works. It’s as if it’s the one thing that we’ve been waiting for and we finally get to enjoy it.
When they fall asleep is one of my favorite moments. Not just because they’re silent (silence ranks high on a parents list behind sleep and quiet time to self) but because they look cute. That’s their cute moment. The one time that they’re peaceful and you forget all of the things they’ve done wrong throughout the day. You forget all of the heartache and the madness that you had to deal with just to get your child to understand what’s expected of them.
All for that one moment.
That one tiny moment of glory that lasts but a few seconds. It’s the equivalent of waiting for years to see your first shooting star.
Have you ever seen a shooting star? It’s the most amazing thing you’ll ever see. It comes … and then it’s gone. It’s like these tiny moments of glory that I get to experience with my kids. Because I know ten years from now (2028) Daisy will be 11, Skylar 13, Ellie 17 and Trey 19. Ten years will be here in five minutes. So I recognize and understand these tiny moments of glory. Because just like a shooting star, It comes … and then it’s gone.