Sunday, after the odd post and our exchange on the blog, Daddy came to mouse asking her to "be still" for the day and focus only on whatever task she was doing. The weather was lovely, so we packed up the kids and headed to a local nursery to buy some flowers to plant. A wrinkle of mouse's nose spoke clearly that she wasn't impressed with the offerings.
It's always that way with mouse it seems. The idea is always better. The reality sometimes just isn't. But she's rarely disappointed in where Daddy leads her. There Daddy found the perfect flowers.
It seemed that mouse was too focused on what wouldn't work, than focused on just looking for what would or might work...or has worked before.
With a lowering of her eyes, hopefully mouse conveyed gratitude. In a very uncharacteristic turn, Daddy touched mouse's cheek tenderly...it was an odd unabashed moment for him and a moment for mouse where the world melted away. Off in a distance mouse swore she heard a rattle of chains.
Sure it's possible it was only a wind-chime -- but to mouse it was far deeper.
Back at home, we worked together as a unit to plant the flowers.
Later inside the house, mouse busied herself with laundry and other things...and tried not to let her mind wander from the task. It's not always easy...mouse calls it multitasking...what mom doesn't?
Sure she can care for the youngest, while folding clothes and talking on the phone...but at the same time...she's not focused. The energy becomes divided Daddy says. He's slowly trying to change that. It's probably more about staying in the moment and finding the joy in everything that he wishes mouse to embrace. It's opening her eyes to thoughts and expressions she didn't think possible.
Anyway this is a way too serious post on an April fool's day!