A Life Of Rushing

We are never not rushed.

I could tell you it’s the chaos of life, or the fact that we have three busy boys, or a dozen other reasons.

But those aren’t the real ones.

We are always rushed because our oldest son often struggles when we are away from home. He struggles with sitting and walking and standing still and waiting in line. He gets anxious by the sounds and smells and colors. He gets nervous understanding what is expected of him.

It’s not is fault. There is no blame. There is frustration but not with him. More at the hard he has been served up.

We want life to be easier for him. We want to enjoy him. We want him to slow down and experience the beauty that life has to offer. I would say it’s our number one family goal. To just ‘be.’ Be carefree. Be relaxed. Enjoy.

Today, we had a good day. We went boating on the river like we typically do. We go fast and slow. We swim and splash.

And then usually, it’s time to go. Our time is limited. But not today. Something aligned and time stood still for over an hour.

And for the first time ever, like ever, ever, Cooper joined us on the beach. Typically he wanders the shore, one of us following him. Or he splashes in the water near us. But today, life slowed down.

For the first time ever he dug a hole. He filled it with water. He buried his foot in it and laughed. He pointed to a butterfly and tickled my leg with seaweed.

After, as I buckled him in his car seat, I whispered in his ear, ‘you did an amazing job today Snoopy Joe.’ He clapped for himself and signed ‘thank you’ to me.

We just keep trying. That’s all we can do. Most days are hard. But not today.

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