I was talking to another parent at school. She was telling me about her pile of ironing, and wondering when she was going to get to the bottom of it. I was astonished that she has a baby and an older child, a job and still manages to iron school uniform! I’m afraid I won’t be remembered for ironing my children’s clothes. It’s my husband’s work shirts and that’s it. (Sorry about Richard’s necker, Mike Beaver.) As far as I’m concerned, life’s too short for ironing.
Life’s too short
I can tell you something else I won’t be remembered for, and that’s sewing. I do feel that somehow it’s my job as a mother to sew on Brownie and Beaver badges. I haven’t yet resorted to glue, but a lady at Craft and Chat generally takes the garments off me and puts them on herself as she feels my needlework is shameful. What I’d like to know is when the uniformed movements are covering sewing skills?
Living every day as if it were your last would be tricky. Some things would just never get done. My daughter’s unruly curly hair would never get checked for nits, and both children would permanently be in detention (sorry, Homework Club…) on a Wednesday to do their homework. And my service for Easter Day would never get finished.
Being in the present
But there are some practices we can put into our everyday lives. Be that person who hugs their friends in the school playground, even if you are going to see them again at pick-up. Tell your family you love them every day. Ring friends you haven’t spoken to in a while.
Try to spend an hour a day being in the present, without worrying about what has happened in the past or what we need to do the future. Get out in the fresh air and feel the breeze on your face. Enjoy the spring flowers. Look out for blossom growing on the trees.
And think about what you can drop. What is draining you? Is it the ironing? Or a caustic relationship? Can you make a change with this person, or do you need to move on?
Carve out time
Find a way to carve out time for those you love. It may be turning the TV and radio off and putting phones away. Make sure they know you care enough to give them your full attention. I’m sure we would all rather be remembered for spending time with people who are important to us, rather than being too busy with other things.
How will you be remembered?
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