School mornings consist of two objectives:
1) Getting her going w/shower, dressed, breakfast, lunch packed and out the door on time
2) Trying, as often as I can, to winder her up from a sleepy state to a vibrant state
This morning combined both simultaneously.
Was in the kitchen putting the final touches on her lunch when I heard some soft steps behind me. Her arms reached around my waist and she said, “Daddy!”
I turned and picked her up and held her close. Then, I started dancing around the kitchen with her while singing affirmations. One of her favorites is “I love life, I love people, I love what I’m up to…”
That phrase stems from a couple years ago when I asked her, “Why are you so happy almost all the time?” She replied, “I don’t know. I just love life, and I love people.”
Back to this morning-
Other affirming phrases were added on and then I circled back to the “I love life, I love people, I love what I’m up to…”
Finally, I dipped her to end our dance and set her down.
Me – “Okay, get dressed.”
She skipped off. In the playroom, I heard her singing to herself-
Her – “I love life…”
All tuned up for a great day. Mission accomplished!