Discovering Freckles

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Life keeps us moving. Life keeps us hopping. Days can pass and we are left wondering how we spent our time.

This morning I had a sweet moment with our son, Peter. He will be 9 in two weeks. The time since he was born has flown. He has grown into a special young man with a love of all things Lego and dinosaur, a desire to create, a longing to understand how things work, and a very tender heart.

This morning we had special family breakfast at Coffee, Tea and Me, a favorite breakfast spot in Melrose. After coming back from the bathroom, the chocolate from Peter’s S’mores crepe (favorite at this café) was still on his face. It always cracks me up that he just does not ever see the need to clean his face. Maybe when he is ten? I digress…

After he did his best to clean his face without the aid of a mirror, I worked to remove the remaining chocolate. It took time…it took focus…it really slowed me down. I had to study his face to determine what were chocolate bits and what were freckles.

Then it hit me…he has new freckles!

In my mind, I asked myself questions such as:
“When had I last looked at my son for this amount of time?”
“When had I really studied his changing face and looked into his warm eyes for longer than a few seconds?”
“When did these freckles appear and how did I miss them?”

As often happens, this occurred at a time when I have been reading about Sabbath, intentional rest, playful recuperative time with family and friends, reconnection time with God. Today’s sweet moment did not leave me wracked with guilt. It simply reminded me that I want more of this for everyone in our family.

I want to embrace the gift of time so I can discover more freckles on my kids’ faces, have more special moments, and invest more of myself in my family. I shared this with you because I thought you might want this as well.

© 2015 by Brooke F Sulahian