Do You Indulge the Exhuberance of Your Child?

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Do You Indulge the Exhuberance of Your Child?


Today, I needed to run an errand and pick up a book at the mall, so off we went.


When we first went in, my son said, "Mommy, can we ride the moving stairs?" My first thought, was I just want to grab the book and go, but that face was looking up at me with complete hope and twinkling with the delight of the next adventure in life.

"I guess we can ride the escalator."  So, up we went, and then down again with him smiling and giggling the whole way.


Joy in life


"Mommy, Can we ride the moving stairs again?"  We don't have to be anywhere anytime soon, so why not?


Then we passed a glass elevator.  "Mommy, can we ride the elevator."  So, up and down we went.  Then the carousel, then the escalator on the other side of the store, and finally on the way back, a stop in the Mac Store and then up and down the elevator again.



As we went from one "ride" to another, and I began to let the "busyness" of life go, I realized I was having just as much fun as he was.


The total cost of this glorious adventure?  $1 for the carousel.  To my son, it was like a credit card commercial - PRICELESS!


He thinks we had the best day ever, and I got to enjoy the total joy he experienced in the things I consider the little things in life. 


My questions to you:


  • Do you take the time to smell the roses?
  • The time to enjoy your child's smile?
  • The chance to hold that special person's hand?


I know we're busy, but is life worth living if we simply run from one appointment or have to do to the next.


If you haven't taken the time to do it yet today:

  • hug your little one
  • tell your special someone that you love him/her
  • slow down and see the beauty around you


Work is important, but so is enjoying your life and those in it.


And, yes, I am the same one who told you the other day that prospecting is important, but we need to remember why we work and who we do it for.


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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Christine - it's so wonderful to take time to enjoy a child's perspective on the world. Too bad we can just do that so readily on our own.


May 25, 2011 04:48 PM #1
Peggy Hughes/pha logistix, inc.
pha logistix inc - San Francisco, CA

Christine... aaahh, to be able to go back in time.  When my children were the age yours are now I was so caught up with my corporate job, angst at being a working, single parent, and a whole bunch of other useless "stuff", I wasn't able to take the time to cater to their needs. Fortunately, as adults we've been able to resolve those past issues and have become stronger because of it :)

May 25, 2011 06:07 PM #2
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

We have limits, but like you said, it cost you a dollar, big deal. Then the bigger picture is your son was happy and got to spend an awesome day with mom.

May 25, 2011 06:39 PM #3
Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677

They grow up so fast.  It is really important to take the time through our busy days to do this.  (even as they turn into teen-agers...especially when they turn into teen-agers!)

May 26, 2011 12:48 AM #4
Bill & Cyndi Daves
Hiawassee, Young Harris, Blairsville, Hayesville, Murphy and Beyond! - Hiawassee, GA
TeamDAVES - Your REALTORS In the GA/NC Mountains!

Christine, our children are all teenagers now and I would give anything to go back in time and spend a day riding the escalator.  Like so many, when they were young we were caught up in the whirlwind of busy-ness!

About a month ago I was with my mom and both our daughters in Chicago.   We walked into a mall and immediately spotted a carousel.  All four of us girls (mom included) when giggling and running for it.  Imagine the shocked look on the face of my daughters fiance.  He thought we'd lost our minds as we paid our $5 and very carefully selected our ponies.

May 26, 2011 01:45 AM #5
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Jeff - It would be nice if we could, but it seems we're always too busy.

Peggy - I get pretty caught up in my work too, and yet it seems that the kids should be more important.  I'm glad things are better now for you and yours.

Todd - Actually, I think the fact that it was only a buck made it more fun, for me at least.  We both had such a great time.


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