Loving the pick up line….

“Life all comes down to a few moments. This is one of them.”  Charlie Sheen

I’m a working mother – and so one of the great luxuries of my life is getting to go to pick up my toddler from school in the middle of the day. It doesn’t seem to matter that I drop her at school every morning, it’s somehow the pick up time that’s much more valuable.

Recently I ended up working from home for a number of days at a stretch. I planned all my meetings and calls around school pick up time. I found that I was always so excited to get to the gate and wait among the many other parents, nanny’s and drivers waiting outside. I don’t feel the heat or the dust and I don’t mind the long lines. I’m wondering what exciting stories I’ll be told today – what mischief was done, what happened during snack break, who was naughty and who was nice. I’m excited to hear it firsthand,

Recently much to the amusement (and some confusion) of the other parents, I took along Mini Me’s favorite doll and stuffed toy. As I saw her look around for me, I raised them in the air so she spotted them first and it was awesome to she her squeal in joy seeing her ‘children’ come to pick her up from school. Of course, as we walked back hand in hand, I made up a fancy story of how they cried and insisted they would come along; a story she lapped up with unadulterated joy as she danced along.

Another day, I even got a bit competitive, trying to be the first one at the gate and hence the first one walking in to the group of waiting children. It remains a great delight to see my daughters face light up as she sees me approaching. No matter how my day has been till that point, I reserve my happiest expression for that moment when I see her after school. She equally deserves to see and feel the unbridled love that she always shows me no matter how her day has been.

I’m learning to live in the moment, to grab hold of the little moments that make up life. The next time you go to pick up your child from school, make it your moment. Remember, as Gretchen Rubin said….

“The days are long, but the years are short.” #GiftTheLight

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