Lollipop at the dentist… with makeup and a mani
Today I took my 3 year old to the dentist. .. with a lollipop in his hands. He also happened to have a full manicure with alternating fingers light blue and dark blue. There were even remnants of the other manicure he gave himself this morning with black marker. I almost forgot- he also had silver eye shadow and plum colored lipstick. Besides for underwear and socks, he actually had all his clothes on and I was so proud. This is the Kind of day that I had, and I absolutely loved it. Each aspect has a story: the no underwear, the makeup, the manicure and even the lollipop. I’m not judging myself at all. There is nothing to judge. I have a happy 3 year old.
The dentist was actually laughing. Even at the lollipop. She was laughing even harder when my 14 year old came up with the best excuse of why he wasn’t regularly brushing his teeth. He told the shocking tale of when his little brother was climbing out the bath to use the toilet and totally missed. Feeling bad about the poopy mess on the floor, the little guy decided to clean it up. The clean-up ingenuously involved a toothbrush, but alas not his own. Yes, he took his brothers electric toothbrush and turned it on and tried to clean up his mess. The best way I can describe it is like the scene from “the cat in the hat comes back”… where the pink stain just gets worse and worse except this stain was brown. With tears rolling down her face, the dentist looked at me and said, “you can’t even make this stuff up!”
On my way out of the dentist office the receptionist stopped and told me that I look great. I giggled and told her “well, that’s because I’m so young.” “That’s not what I meant,” she replied. “You have this happy glow aura about you.” I smiled. I know what she meant. I was having one of those simple good days.
Today was a day where I let go of responsibilities and was actually mentally and emotionally present. A day spent with a 3 year old digging in the sandbox and making patterns with pinecones. It was a day in which I sung silly songs and swung in our swing with my kid on my lap. It was a day where I enjoyed the moment of a child kissing me and coughing in my face, and us dissolving into giggles. We even ate homemade pancakes with honey, sprinkles and chocolate chips and ate it with chopsticks.
I put a movie on for my kid and chilled with no guilt. When it became too much I held my sons head gently in my head and whispered to his brains “brains, are you getting mushy from all the movies?” I earnestly told my son that his brains said he had enough and we left the computer without a tantrum.
Today also had some unpleasant elements: Pee all over the toilet seat and floor, someone who had awful body odor, cleaning chicken for dinner, my business booking system that wacked out and wasn’t working. A tantrum or two or three. Going to 5 below with 2 kids who had a serious case of “give me’s”
This was a day where it seemed like I had nothing better to do, because in truth I really didn’t. A deadline that will expire Friday will pass unmet, and that’s okay. Nothing was more important to me than being present today. Just being a mom and hanging out with my kids in a fun uninhibited way. I don’t have many days like this one, but I truly wish I did.