Life forces us back into the normal routine fairly quickly. Yesterday and today I had a houseful of noisy, boisterous children. They have no clue I am tired, nor do they understand why my patience so easily wears thin. They are just being kids, running, yelling, and bickering. Even "Lilo and Stitch" didn't keep them quiet for long.
For the last couple of months we have had small children overnight 3-4 nights each week and so even some of our evenings are crazier than that to which we are accustomed. Toys are perpetually scattered across the floor and there is constant chatter. I must often remind myself that these days are few and should be savored.. Tonight two small children "helped" their daddy wash dishes. By the time I grabbed my camera, one was down and crying. It was a moment missed.
I've decided to add visiting to my weekly routine. I have Monday's off, and both Tuesday and Wednesday only one small child keeps me company all day. For as long as I am able, I hope to plan one day each week to visit someone. I already have several people in mind and could probably come up with someone different to visit each and every week if I really put my mind to it. Imagine being able to touch and encourage fifty-two people in one year. Talk about random acts of kindness! What an opportunity!!! I'm already planning my visit for next week.