It’s funny, once you become a parent the things that bring you joy change dramatically and in ways you could never have imagined.
It used to be the big things that bought you moments of joy; getting married or engaged, looking out from the Eiffel Tower in Paris or getting up-graded to business class on a long haul flight (after being in economy class for 12 hours already it was really really a joy!). Being a parent, there are not so many of the ‘big’ moments, travel is pretty much out of the question and even if it wasn’t you ain’t never gonna get upgraded with a toddler or baby in tow. Instead, there are many small moments that bring you joy every day. Like hearing your child say ‘Mummy’ or ‘I love you’ for the first time, sneaking into their bedroom at night and watching them peacefully sleep or watching them master a new skill or make a new friend.
I had a ‘joyous’ moment recently when I picked my daughter up from day care, it made my heart melt and overflow with love for my little munchkin.
My 26 month old is in the very early stages of potty training. I arrived at day care and when she saw me she came running over to me “Mummy mummy” she said, “I did wees in the toilet” (except that she can’t say ‘l’ very well yet so it was more like toi-yet).
I picked her up and gave her a cuddle and told her how great I thought that was, how clever she was and how proud of her I was – the smile and cuddle she gave me was indescribable, it made my heart melt to see how happy she was that I was praising what she had done, and how proud she was of herself for doing it.
Now, if you’d told me 2 years ago that the highlight of my week (possibly even month) would be due to wees, I would have absolutely laughed out loud.
What are some unexpected moments that have given you joy?