A few days ago, my husband and I and the kids were outside with our dog Lady, who I’m sad to say is probably on her last few years with us. In fact, she’s getting so old and her stomach is so sensitive that we don’t really feed her any people food as treats anymore. So when my daughter accidentally dropped a cookie on the ground, my husband was quick to ask her to pick it up.
But before she could, Lady ate it.
“I guess everyone’s gotta have a cookie now and then,” I joked.
“Yeah,” my daughter said with a big smile on her face. Then she turned to my husband and in her infinite wisdom declared, “because what’s life without cookies, anyway?”
And I’ve been thinking about that. Not about the cookies. But about the other things in life we might consider to be “treats”. The simple things. Like that bubble bath I keep wanting to take but never find time to.
So often as moms, I think we “do without” when maybe we shouldn’t. We want to take time for ourselves, and we say we will… soon. But that’s most likely after everyone else’s needs are met. And most likely when we’re beyond overdue for a break.
I’ve been working on this–trying to slow down. I did get that massage the day after things didn’t go as planned, and I’ve been trying to spend more time outside. But I’ll be the first to admit, I still have a long way to go.
So as Mother’s Day approaches, I propose we all try to make more time for the “treats” in life. Maybe it’s a much needed vacation. Maybe it’s getting a workout in. Or, hey, maybe it is a cookie.
Let’s enjoy ourselves.
Let’s rest and refocus.
And if we do, we’ll all be better moms—and better people—because of it.