Like all parents I’m sure, my evenings are pretty manic. From the time I set off for the school run I don’t stop and it’s often getting on for ten at night before I even sit down.
The rush of the school run, homework to be done, ferrying to and from after school clubs, dinner to be made, kitchen to be tidied, baths to be done (which mean that I get soaked by the little ones who are convinced that they are mermaids at the moment, and of course with my eldest two this means that it takes me an age to drag them into the bathroom then even longer to drag them back out again) then suppertime followed by snuggles and bedtime stories, packed lunches to be made, eldest ones to be chased to bed, my work-out to be done (as I just can’t fit it in when I have at least one child with me all day) shower to be had, hair to be done and SIT. And breathe.
It doesn’t matter how organised I try to be, all of this stuff has to be done in this short time. There is no way round it.
But then the other night, as I sat on my bed drying my hair after a particularly long and tiring day, I saw something peeking out from between my pillows. It was a love note from my darling little five year old daughter..
It just melted my heart! It’s a picture of a mummy cat and a baby cat. I was rather amused by the fact that the mummy cat only has three legs (!) and am choosing to ignore the fact that they have huge claws (gulp)
She told me in the morning that she did it at school for me and she wanted to give me a surprise to make me happy. Cue more melting! My darling little sweet girl!
Sometimes it’s easy to feel that maybe you’re not appreciated when you’re a mummy. But this little gesture from my little girl went a million miles to tell me just how much she loves me.
These are the times that make all of the hard work worthwhile.
So precious. *happy sigh*