I have been showing homes lately as I have recently branched out in Real Estate. As I am walking homes, I can’t help but imagine myself and my family there as well. Sometimes I see certain features and think how great it would be to have that in my own home, or what about just a little more space.
I come home though and feel incredibly grateful for the little things. The comforts, the garage, the sounds,the smells and the familiar pattern that the little feet take and the equally familiar messes that those little feet make.
A few weeks ago I read another blog that talked about a dream home. I wish I could remember where it was to share it here, but she gave some good advice, she said, “Ask you kids, your family, what they love most about their home.” I had a feeling that when I asked that question I would find that deep down inside I feel the same way.
I did it anyway. It felt really good to listen to their sweet answers. They love our home. Just the way it is. These little people don’t wish for a single thing more than just what they have. How blessed…
“I like the stars on my ceiling”
“I like my toys here where you are”
“I like riding my bike outside”
“I like playing games at the table”
“I like eating too”
and some silly things like, “I like that door”, “I like this wall,” “I like my blanket,” “I like my bear,” and “I like our windows” even though I like those things too.
I realized that these tiny ones are content just where they are. They get it. Already…when do so many of us lose this? They understand right now what is most important-family. They understand that being together and the small comforts are really all that matter.
They don’t need big crazy things…we may think they do just because they want it. We may think that it matters so they are comfortable at school and have what their friends have, but I am coming to find with a girl in Kindergarten, they are stronger, more independent and damn smarter than we think they are. They get this whole big world sometimes better than we do.
I think I am going to take this into daily life. Whenever I think I need to do or be more, I am going to ask my small ones. They will keep me grounded. They will further support my own conclusions that I am pretty lucky and life is good.
You should try it…ask your kiddos what they love most about your home and be prepared to feel overwhelmingly grateful!