I stopped and looked – you were playing away with your Lego but you were also taking the time to match the colours. I had never noticed that you did that before.
I stopped and looked – you were racing your little sister but you were letting her win. I didn’t realise just how mature a six-year-old you were.
I stopped and looked – you had built your very own ‘Hogwarts’ and were lost in a wizarding world far away. I sometimes forget how real your imagination is.
I stopped and looked – you kicked the scooter because you hurt your hand falling off it. I realised the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
I stopped and looked – you weren’t ignoring my calls to hurry up, you were trying to tie your own laces. I need to remember how hard new skills are to master.
I stopped and looked – you broke off half of your biscuit and gave it to your sister unasked and unannounced. I often forget just how generous you can be.
I stopped and looked – you were shouting in the game because you were playing the part of ‘mummy’. I was reminded that children do what they see.
I stopped and looked – you weren’t delaying going to bed, you were waiting for your brother to come to bed so you could help him with his reading. I always ask you to help after all.
I stopped and looked – you were filthy dirty because you had to pick the ‘best’ flower for me. I am learning to love dandelions.
I stopped and looked – you grabbed your sister’s toy from her because you saw a cracked, sharp edge on it. I remembered that you do nearly everything for a reason.
I stopped and looked – you put your arm in front of your brother, not to boss him but to stop him from crossing the road until you had checked for traffic. I need to learn to trust your instincts.
I stopped and looked at how quickly you are all growing up and realised that sweating the small stuff is for the birds. I promise to stop and look a lot more frequently lest I miss you growing up altogether in the melee that is family life!
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