Wednesday, August 10, 2011

And so we dance.

I had a thought about Lana the other day that nearly knocked me down and made me weep.

She will never be this small again.

This should be obvious, right? She's a healthy, growing girl and her shoe size and ability to learn new things just keep increasing as the days go by.

In the past year I have been making a concerted effort to be more intentional with regards to how I interact with the members of my family. Time with Dan is held sacred, and I really do try to make playtime with my daughter more about our relationship than the act of play itself.

If you know me at all, you understand how difficult this is. I'm pretty goal-oriented with my check list of things to do never far away. But tickle time with Lana shouldn't be listed as a to-do that promptly gets marked off, instead it should be savored and oh-so-thoroughly enjoyed because, she will never be this small again.

And so we dance. We dance in the kitchen while making dinner or putting dishes away. We dance to music or to the songs we sing ourselves. Sometimes she likes dancing in her pink tutu and slippers and other times in pajamas and freshly-painted toenails. We dance because I love holding her growing hands in mine and twirling in convoluted circles. We dance because her eyes shine and her smile lights up her whole face and I can feel her pure joy radiating off her fair skin. We dance because for a fleeting moment I know I am doing exactly what I was meant to do.

She will never be this small again.

And so we dance.


AngMomof3 said...

And so we also take LOTS of pictures. Thanks for sharing... snif snif.

Anita Cory said...

Sheesh. I came here for cute pictures and lovely updates. I need to go hug my kids.

Savor all of it friend... it does fly by!

Lyndsey said...

yep...made me weep just to read. I sooo know those moments of realization and yet it is so easy to get caught up in our never ending to-do list. Children are so precious and amazing...we just want to stop time in those "connecting" moments with them.

dhlenssen said...

Oh yes, time does fly by too fast! Your story reminded me of when our 3 kids would all dance at once with me in the kitchen every time they heard a song like they liked on the radio (usually whenever the same song would come on the radio, we'd all have to drop everything and dance). Very good times!!

Anonymous said...

Finally getting caught up on your blog and now there's something in my eye. Darn allergies. Yes, I'm sure that's what it is.