Today held my heart in its palm.
I barely wrapped myself within one thought, before another swept through me. Warm coziness in one heartbeat, followed by icy claws in the very next.
It’s breath-taking, really, how very quickly a MindHeart (or in this case maybe a HeartMind?) is capable of responding.
The girls’ LOUD giggles and SISTERLY teasing raised my cheeks until they could raise no further.
But Brody felt smaller than usual and more on his own than always and let it be known with TEARS and WILDS and WORDS that I should have been proud to hear.
Flashes of the finest shades of pinks and purples whisped through the dreariest of grays, and I found it hard to know where to look.
The LOUD and the WILD got the best of me, and by the end of the day I was DONE.
So when I sat down to think my thoughts and write my words, I wavered between what I wanted to say, and what I wanted you now -and my kids later- to hear.
The good woven with the bad, the tight squeeze after The Mom Look, the bright spots in the gray.
Yes. Of course, yes.
But beneath that, in the layer that’s trickier to splay after the ups and downs of a day like today, is that I noticed.
I noticed the bright in Kayli’s eye when she giggled with a friend, and the clench in Chloe’s fist when I told her No in my most Mothering of voices, and the raise in Brody’s shoulders when he rode his bike so very far.
And that noticing, is what I speak for.
Because imagine what our days and hearts would look like if we all noticed each other just a touch more, and if we all knew that someone was noticing us.
A sweet friend told me that I think more than anyone she’s ever met.
Believe it or not, I took that as a compliment. If nothing else, I know it’s a Truth.
I think and write and blog for Noticing.
It’s why I see and remember and respond to glitter and slumps and fingertip grazes.
These are the details in my stories and the ones etched in my MindHeart and my HeartMind.
I notice my kids and my husband and my friends and, of course, I notice you.
And now, Nicole and I are over the moon to say, It’s your turn! Why do you blog? What can you not keep quiet about? What legacy do you hope to leave with your words and your voice and your heart?
Grab the badge and your voice and your words and link away, friends. We can’t wait to read your hearts!