Quote of the day
“Kids say the darndest things.” – Anon
I am grateful for:
My son, whose sparkling wit showcases a brilliant mind and a generous heart.
What did I discover new about myself?
Before I had a child, I was convinced I would never have one because children are just too much work, the planet is going to hell, it’s too expensive or I didn’t want to give up my freedom.
Clearly, I was not ready for the very real challenge of raising another human being who will one day be a part of society.
How do I know?
Because as I contemplated the possibility of having a child before I got pregnant, there was no resistance, just peace.
In fact, I even had a flash of intuition and managed to convince my husband that it would be a good idea to go to a cafe and spend half a day there choosing baby names – even though we weren’t even pregnant.
A few weeks later, we were.
That was in my heyday when I had flashes of intuition nearly every few minutes.
I referenced this instinct a couple of times now and it’s been quite accurate.
It’s just another thing I’m super psyched about.
What was the best thing that happened to me today?
Listen to my son say the darndest things!
The in-laws were away today and somehow Little Son reserves his special phrases for me and my husband.
They were so funny today, I had to write them down.
What or who made today unforgettable?
These two conversations:
Me: LS, you’re getting pocket money starting this year, okay? Every week. £3.50. Okay?
LS: Okay. And what do you get?
Dad: What do you want your pocket money?
LS (after tilting his head to the side and thinking hard for a few seconds): Sunday!
Reading this, you might think, “There’s nothing special about this conversation at all.”
I would beg to differ – and not just because I’m his mom.
First, I actually really love the generosity of spirit underlying the question, “What do you get?”
I was simply not prepared for my 3.5-year-old to ask me this.
He always wants the people around him to enjoy what he enjoys – be that food, drink, toys, or money.
It was also an especially pertinent question because I don’t actually have pocket money. Neither does his dad. We just buy what we need if we have money to spare by the end of the month (making foolish financial decisions can do that to you).
Now that we’re in a better financial place, we can actually afford to have pocket money.
But we still haven’t set that up.
My son asking me his simple question was a catalyst.
Second, I marvel at the fact that he’s learned so much despite his tender age.
He knows about money.
He knows getting pocket money is something to look forward to.
He knows that it’s something good and he wants the people around him to enjoy the same thing.
He knows about days of the week and he knows when it’s Sunday.
The capacity for learning that young children have is mind-boggling, don’t you agree?
Thinking of this conversation always makes me smile now.
3 amazing things that happened today
1. I checked the family budget today and, we’re all set until next payday. The security that comes from that knowledge is not to be taken lightly!
2. I got to spend most of the day with my husband and my son and still managed to complete my to-do list.
3. I published another ultimate guide type of post: over 6k and deals with a subject very few people talk about. Interested? You can check it out here: Penny For Your Thoughts: The Ultimate Guide To The Best Financial Education For Toddlers.
How much stress did I experience?
Not much today.
I don’t think I even really got mad.
What a beautiful feeling – to be on an even keel. 😀
Did I do something that was out my comfort zone?
Yes, I published a post that’s not perfect.
It was a jarring but liberating experience.
What can I do better tomorrow?
Have more rest.
Remember how lucky I am to be living my life.
It all begins in the mind, after all.