Leap Day. An extra day to take advantage of more time. To do something extraordinary.
It’s easy to go with the motions. Sometimes life feels like Groundhog Day, set to repeat–I dare you to look for the differences in your day and appreciate the little things. I treated myself to an iced coffee this morning. I caught up with my cousin who I’ve been playing phone tag with for weeks. I took my lunch break and enjoyed the short-lived warmer temperature.
But every day is special and one-of-a-kind, especially the time in the day when I’m with my family. When I look in my daughter’s eyes and see pure happiness. It fills my heart in a way I never knew existed, but always needed. When I see how my husband cares for her or my pup gives her a quick lick on the cheek, those are the moments that last a lifetime.
Our time together on the weekdays is short lived, usually only an hour at most in the morning and another hour and a half at night, but it’s the highlight of my day. I rarely leave work on time in the evenings (something I need to keep working on); it’s a constant struggle that gives me a lot of guilt. But when I get home and see my baby’s face light up, she’s everything I need after the hardest of days.
Being a mother is extraordinary work, day in, day out. I appreciate my own mother so much more now, as well as other working mothers, and those who choose to raise their little ones full time. Nothing is easy, life can be hard, but we get through it–and savor it!–one Leap Day at a time.