As we celebrate you and your seven years of life, I reflect on the lessons that you have taught us over the years. I'm so thankful that God blessed me to be your Mom. You have changed our lives in so many ways. I wanted to share the 7 life lessons that I have learned from my son.
1. HAVE FUN + BE GOOFY + LAUGH OFTEN - When are you not smiling and beaming with pure joy! Growing up you always wanted to be Goofy from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. We could not understand why you would not want to be Mickey (I mean it was his show). Throughout the years, you've always gravitated towards the funny + goofy characters (Michelangelo from TMNT). We learned that you love to bring joy to others, to make others laugh and to make others smile. The world needs more Goofy's, Michelangelo's and Cardell's.
2. LIVE IN THE PRESENT MOMENT - This is a lesson that I needed big time. When kids are playing, they are literally playing and enjoying themselves. They are not thinking about the next 3 things they need to do. I must admit there are more times that I have taken you to the park and sat on the bench (on social media) and watched you play then getting up and playing and running with you. I'm excited to change this and to live in the moment, to put the phone down and play.
3. NO WORRIES - Son, you are so care-free and go with the flow I adore that. I used to have that same trait but over the years I tend to worry more. By living in the moment, I am no longer worried about my to-do list.
4. LOVE HARD & SAY I LOVE YOU OFTEN - I don' t think there is a day that you have gone without saying, "Mom, I love you", "Mom, you're the best Mom" and "Mom, you're great". When you express your love it includes a huge hug! You have taught me to spread my love more, to express to others how grateful I am for them and to greet them with a warm hug.
5 - THE SMALL JOYS IN LIFE - You're excitement for the small joys in life have helped me celebrate the small joys in my life. I remember when you were so excited for crayons and playing with them as if they were your favorite characters. The joy on your face when you were rewarded 5 extra minutes of play time before bed. The happiness you have when mastering a new task. I now find that cleaning one bathroom is a great joy even if two other bathrooms are not clean. I find happiness in quiet moments while drinking my favorite tea (or water) even if its for a few moments.
6. EXPRESS YOURSELF - So...this lesson we kind of taught you - but you have ran with it. We taught you to express yourself, your likes and your dislikes. Boy, do you! Many people struggle expressing their thoughts, feelings and distaste with their parents. We have created an environment where you can safely express yourself without consequence. In turn I have found myself more comfortable expressing my true self to the world. (see...I'm blogging)
7. THOUGHTFUL - Many times we see you allowing others to have a turn before you and giving your little sister the toy you were playing with to make her happy. I must say this quality is similar to your Dad, he is a good example of putting others first. This is a lesson, I want to continue to hone in and be an example of.
Thank you Cardell for teaching us, while we teach you to be a well rounded little young man. It's surprising the lessons we can learn from our children. To be curious, to question and to live in the moment. We look forward to many more celebrations and lessons from you.