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Monday, May 12, 2014

WHO'S GOT IT BETTER THAN US?!?



A couple of years ago, Derek was telling me the story of a sports team and their coach.  Please don't ask me to recall the team, the sport, or the coach's name.  That kind of information simply does not register with me.

What I did take away from the story was a phrase that the coach used with his players.  He always asked them the question "Who's got it better than us?!?", to which his players would shout back "NOBODY!"

That has become our family mantra.   For us this simple question and answer is a reminder to appreciate what we have and what we work for.  It's a reminder of all that has gone right for us and a reminder of how we've overcome the things that did not go right for us.

It's the admission that it has taken a combination of good fortune and hard work to get here and that not everyone is so lucky.  It's a gentle nod to one another for the obstacles we've triumphed over, and a nod to chance for the circumstances that are beyond our control.

It's my way of telling Harrison that he is responsible for his own happiness, just as we all are.  It tells him that I believe love is a verb and that you get out of a relationship what you put into it.

I hope it tells him that I have found my happiness in life.  I have found it loving him and loving his daddy.  This Mother's Day, I hope it tells him that there's not a luckier mom in the world.  I hope it tells him that no one could love him more.

Does your family have a motto?  What does yours mean to you?

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1 comment:

  1. Spend More Time With Your Children http://www.nightart.org/fundus.
    It does not matter if you work full time or part time. Maybe you stay at home with your children but you are working from home. Even if you stay home with your children, you are busy trying to get everything done. No matter who you are, you probably think that you are not spending enough time with your children. Quality time, that is. There are many ways to spend more time with your children.
    Your children do not need to play every sport or do every extracurricular activity out there. You could spend all of your time running your children from one practice to another. Pick just one or two activities that your children love and stick with them.
    Plan family dinners where everyone sits at the table, eats, and talks about their day.
    Make dinners special so everyone likes to spend time together while eating.
    Let your children help when you are working on things.
    They can help fix dinner, clean, and fix things. Children learn by watching and doing. Chores can turn into time together so that they are much more enjoyable.
    Do things that your children want to do.
    It is hard when the house is a mess but get on the floor and play with your children. Play games that they enjoy. Have a movie night and watch their favorite movie.
    Find things that you enjoy doing together.
    Arts and crafts can be a big hit. NightArt is helping bring parents and children together. You can design a drawing and watch it light up together.
    No one feels like they spend enough time with their children. However, you need to make the most of time spent together, instead of worrying if you are spending enough time together. Find things that you enjoy doing together, like NightArt. Check it out at http://www.nightart.org/fundus. It will bring out the artist in everyone, bringing families together.

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