Little Moments, Big Blessings
Last Thursday Gracie and I went to get our toenails painted. When I picked her up from daycare, I asked her if she would like to go with me to get my toenails painted and get hers done too and she immediately said, “Ooooh that will be fun.” I asked her because she is very hesitant towards strangers. The girl can stare a hole through you if she wants to. She seemed quite excited, so I thought let’s give it a try. She is a girly girl and loves to have her toenails painted. (fingernails and toenails are called the same thing in her world)
Gracie and I enter the salon and instructed to pick out our polish. She picks a hot pink and a lime green with sparkly as she calls it. At home the girl always picks these two colors when her Daddy paints her toenails. (Yes, I said her daddy. They have spa nights when mommy is traveling. I think it mostly consists of Gracie getting her toenails painted and then in return she brushes Kris’ hair or fixes his beard because of the lack of hair on his head!) We sit and wait our turn patiently and then instructed to get into the pedicure chair together. As the lady starts to fill up the foot bath I explain that we want to get our toenails painted and that Gracie has picked two colors and if she can do something cute with these two colors that would be great. The manicurist goes to a basket full of plastic dog toy feet that have the toenails painted with different designs and pulls out a foot with painted watermelon toes with pink and green. Perfect I said!
Gracie was soooo excited. I think she asked the woman “Is it my turn?” 50 times, and every time the woman just kindly said in a minute. I soaked my feet and Gracie soaked hers. I got my feet rubbed and Gracie got hers rubbed. We were in heaven! Sitting there in the chair, (with Gracie in my lap snuggled up to me and not really talking a whole lot, just taking it all in) I began to eat the moment up. Here my baby girl has just turned three years old and it happened in a blink of an eye. She is starting to get independent and beginning to know what she wants and how she wants it. There aren’t many times like these that we have had. For one, she has an older brother and not many times in my life have I just had Gracie to myself. So to have her there sitting in my lap and watching her little brain take it all in, and knowing that I have prayed for this very moment was glorifying to me. I didn’t pray for us to be able to get our nails done together. I prayed for the little moments to spend with my daughter and will pray for many more. And I have prayed for when they happen, to completely indulge myself in them and God answered my prayers at that very moment. It was like everything else had gone away and it was just she and I talking, laughing, and holding each other. At one moment I reached over and scratched my knee and she pushed my hand aside and began to scratch my knee for me. That is a mother/child bond right there. I knew at that moment, she will take care of me and I will take care of her. No matter what happens.
I wanted to share this because throughout life I think we all want these little moments and I believe these little moments happen quite a bit. It is just how we handle these little moments. I am proud to say that day I was able to soak God’s rays up! For Gracie the little moment was getting her watermelon toes, but for me my little moment was a big one. I was able to spend quality time with my baby girl. We, as in all of us, need these moments with our loved ones. That is what makes life worth it! So, I encourage you to go get a pedicure with your little one or take a walk and listen to what they have to say, or whatever it is that will let you “BE” fully in the moment and indulge yourself completely.
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