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Over spring break my oldest came home with 3 major projects that have to be done. That’s right 3!! Now I had this all mapped out. Since I was keeping extra kids on top of this major project crisis it was important that things run nice and smooth. I set to work pencil in hand scheduling the week’s activities to include these activities as well as fun things to keep everyone happy. I was however quickly reminded that memories are made in the unscheduled moments.
Now as any mom knows things often do not the way we schedule them. So day one went uneventfully. My oldest did research for his project and then we had a fun time outside. Day two, however, things went a bit crazy. My son had to create a mosaic picture of a lighthouse. This meant lots of paper, cutting and glue. The activity went fairly well until clean up time came. I told all the children to start cleaning up. However when I returned I notice little bits of paper being thrown everywhere!!! My first reaction was to cry out for them to stop. Then instead I stopped.
It was then when I saw 6 children laughing and having a blast. This throwing of their “confetti” was not hurting a thing. It requires me to change our plans a bit but, the children were having a blast. As a matter of fact, I think they had more fun doing that than any other activity I had planned for the day. Now if you are wondering if I had to clean the whole mess up alone that would be a no. You see once all was said and done they actually helped clean it all up.
I was reminded in that moment that life happens. Sometimes it is all fun and games. Other times it is not so fun. What matters is how we handle those situations. Life cannot be planned and scripted down to the letter. We must allow for things to change or to be moved around. It is in those unplanned moments that memories are made. I am sure that my oldest and his friends will be talking about this little mini party somewhere down the line to their children and I certainly will be telling my grandchildren.
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