|Mommy and Lucy: 5/24/12|
I've been reading a book a friend lent to me and it talks about the importance of entering into a child's imaginary world with them. Children love fairy tales and pretend, so one of the easiest ways to really learn where they're coming from and what they're thinking is to enter into that world of theirs. I was really convicted when I realized I hadn't been doing much of that with Lucy. Yes, we spend the majority of our days together-she's like my little shadow, helping me clean and do laundry and get meals ready-and we do fun things together, like blowing bubbles and drawing with chalk on the driveway. But lately, I guess I haven't really allowed myself to just stop every single thing I was doing (like not be distracted by changing the water in the flower bed while she plays next to me on the driveway) and enter wholly into her world of play. No phone, no facebook, no clothes for me to fold while she plays on the floor next to me, no scarves to knit or bows to make for someone else...but just to stop everything and play with her. I'm embarrassed really to even admit that, but I think most moms will understand the pull we feel. There's always so much to be done and things that seem to demand our attention that we can easily neglect the one thing that doesn't always seem to demand our attention, but truly needs it more than anything else. The dishes will still be in the sink, the clothes will still be in the dryer, and that project will wait another day...but that little four year old girl that God has entrusted to me will appear to be able to wait on me, too, but unlike those other "things" in my life that will go unchanged if I neglect them, my precious Lucy will not. She is constantly growing, learning, and changing, and if I put her off too long, I'll miss all of those precious moments. Just like I remember my momma sitting down in the floor and playing dolls with me, I wonder what Lucy will remember about me from her childhood. Will she remember the mom who was always busy with housework, or will she remember the mom who met her in HER world and just simply enjoyed and engulfed herself in her daughter's presence?
So, this week i decided to do some special things, just for Lucy. I got on pinterest and found a tutorial for some dresses, headed for the clearance fabric at walmart, and made us two sets of matching mother/daughter dresses. Daddy gladly did a little photo shoot for us of the first set of dresses last night (what all of the pictures in my post are from), and I was able to finish up the second set this afternoon. I can't wait for us to get to wear them somewhere together! I'm thinking a special date for mommy and Lucy may be in order this week:) The other thing I felt like she would particularly enjoy is playing Barbies with her. I often will sit in the room with her as she plays and talk to her as she's playing, but I don't always just set everything aside and join in, so I wanted to make a special effort tonight to do that. Maybe tonight won't be etched forever into Lucy's memory, but I certainly will never forget the priceless look of excitement on her face when I asked her, "Do you want to go get a few of your barbies and Mommy and you can play together? Or we can play with your barbie house. Would you like that?" Her big blue eyes just lit up and began to dance as she smiled and said in her sweet voice, "YES! I would LOVE that!" So off we went to Barbie-land with Princess Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Jasmine, Belle, Flynn Ryder, Tinkerbell, and "valley girl" Barbie. She showed me around Rapunzel's tower, and I showed her around Barbie's house. We looked at Cinderella's artwork on the mantle, warmed up by the fire, put a crazy purple hair extension into valley girl Barbie's blonde mane, and made smoothies:) Sweet, precious memories with my sweet, precious girl:)
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Lucy, You are a blessing!