After taking my daughter to the pediatric dentist today, I found myself with some extra quiet time on my hands… time to just read and let my mind wander. I thought I’d share my thoughts here- which are written and listed as randomly as they floated through my head.
- Even though it is your fourth child and you’re busy wrangling teenage attitudes, it’s best to take that youngest child to the dentist regularly. Don’t do like I did and pretend those regularly scheduled visits every 6 months are just a hypothetical recommendation. Between that and the poor tooth genetics from her mother, Julia had more than she should have had done while in the chair today. New dental habits are already in place. #motheroftheyear
- Always bring good reading material with you. It’s not called a waiting room for nothing…. sitting around for awhile is just part of the gig. I have found it to be a great opportunity to put my phone down and have a few uninterrupted, quiet(er) minutes to read. Even though the TV is on, the ability to tune out Blues Clues is like riding a bike… it comes back just like that.
- Take advantage of the beverage hospitality. This has not always been the case with these waiting rooms. There are mini fridges stocked with cold water and Keurigs fired up ready to brew you a quick, custom cup of coffee. Seriously, we are spoiled. And they go hand-in-hand with the book or magazine you plan to catch up on.
- If your wait is long enough and you have time to both read and spend some time on your phone, plus it’s lunch time and you haven’t had time to eat, do NOT scroll through magazine-worthy food photos on Instagram or Twitter. I follow many Weight Watchers folks who all post countless snapshots of delicious looking food. I left a little hangry today, conflicted between frustration to eat NOW and inspiration to run by HEB and try one the yummy recipes I had just stalked.
- If you are in a pediatric waiting room, enjoy watching those cute little ones waiting for their turn to be called back. I’m talking about other people’s little ones who make me look at my own nine year old baby and wonder where on earth all the time is going. Think about slowing down TODAY and just enjoying them.
This waiting room is yet another reminder of just how quickly they grow up. Right now, it’s that time of year when I am ready to be DONE with all of my parent duties for school, soccer and dance… everything. I’m so guilty of just rushing through our week nights and weekends, checking things off the list for the sake of simply lightening the load. I need to listen to that small voice I am hearing that tells me to slow down and savor every last moment of the current grade each of my girls are in. There’s always just a tinge of sadness for me as the school year wraps up. Does anyone else feel this? All of the end-of-the-year everything leaves me feeling a little melancholy. This chapter we are in is coming to a close and it’s gone by entirely too fast. Next year I will have two in high school, one in her last year of middle school, and my baby in fourth grade. I don’t dwell on it… I really do get excited about what’s to come. I think God designed all of us parents with that thread of optimism to keep us going with their growing. But I can’t help but secretly want to hold onto this part- RIGHT HERE… where we are RIGHT NOW- just for a little bit longer. As they say, the days are long but the years are short. I am thankful this week for this waiting room of other people’s little people, a real-life TimeHop kind of moment, teaching me to take one day at a time these next couple of weeks… to just enjoy the age of my girls and who they are becoming… today…. now…. in the midst of all the May parties and awards, recitals and art shows, field days and tug-o-war. Summer can hold on just a few more moments while I take a short pause and enjoy this chapter soon getting ready to end. Then it will be time to celebrate ❤️