I remember vividly standing in line at Toys R Us to purchase only a package of diapers for which I held a coupon. Jacob sat in the buggy screaming and pitching a fit, and I could hear the ladies in line behind me discussing how “he’s too old to be acting that way…”. I am embarrassed and mad and just want to get out of that store!
“Too Old!?!” Jacob was not too old, as a matter fact, he was two years old. The exact age “to be acting that way”. People even call them the terrible twos for that exact reason!!! I made up my mind that day to never judge a young mother when her child throws a fit in public. Some moments are uncontrollable. Or…are they???
As I reflect upon that day, what could I have done differently? What prompted the fit in the beginning? Well, I was in Toys R Us with a two-year-old, enough said, but I will explain further. My mission was to purchase diapers, that’s all, nothing more. Jacob wanted to stop and play with the toys (the large cars and the Little Tikes brand displays). I was only thinking about diapers and said, “no”. Upon reflection, I should have taken five minutes and enjoyed the toys with my son.
One piece of advice with which I encourage all new parents is to enjoy each moment. The kids grow so fast, and you can never get those moments back. Hopefully, I learned from this experience and made some different choices after that.
For each moment in time, there is an exact right time for you to be present and involved. Some times are sad, and other times are happy. As long as you are breathing, this is your time.
…a time to every purpose under the heaven…
Embrace today! Live in this moment. Grieve in times of sadness. Rejoice in times of joy. Laugh in the goofy times. Cry in the hurting times. Just be. Don’t wish today away longing for the past or the future. Be present, now. It’s your time.