Pause Life for a Moment- Life Without Pink

As the mom of a boy, I love to find blogs hosted by moms of boys. Life Without Pink is one that I really enjoy. Tina, who hosts Life Without Pink, has two sons. One of her sons is younger than JDaniel and one is older. She has her hands full, but her posts remind me that boys are fun and can grow past the tough times.

Mom can you get off the computer and come play with me?”

My five year old reached out his hand and started pulling me off my chair.

I looked into his big blue eyes and that’s when I had my ‘aha!’ moment.

I turned off the computer, grabbed both boys by the hands and went outside to play.

We never had so much fun.

I didn’t check email, follow up with work, or worried about cleaning up the crumbs from lunch.

No, I was soaking up this moment with my boys and realized this is where I need to be.

Watching their eyes light up and hearing them giggle, filled me with joy.

I have a hard time slowing down because working full-time from home and keeping up with every day life is never ending.

But I have realized then I need to set limits because one day….

I will wish that my boys would grab my arm one more time to play a game, or watch a movie together.

I will be glad I was standing in the driveway when the bus pulls up and being the first person to ask them, “How was your day?”.

I will miss the hectic schedules and loud noise coming from the playroom.

My boys will be grown and I’ll be grabbing their arms asking them to come play with me.

The Internet and household chores aren’t going anywhere but my boys are…and I’m pausing to enjoy it!

Please stop by and visit with Tina on Life Without Pink! You will be so glad you did.

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Comments

  1. says

    I’m always grateful when reminded of what is truly most important to me…my family! Sometimes it is so easy to get caught up in the daily to do’s that what matters gets neglected; like you said ‘it’ will all be here tomorrow.

  2. says

    I find it so refreshing when people say this, because I miss those childhood years soooo much. I’d love to have them back and be able to play everyday. I never had a blog when my kids were little, so I never had the push-pull a lot of people feel.

  3. says

    What a convicting post! I am guilty too of brushing my boys off when they want to play. So true that one day, I will wish they would want me to play when they are off doing their own things.

  4. says

    So true, so true! When my son talks my ear off and I’m desperate for a little quiet, I remind myself that we’re not far off from the teenage years. He may not want to talk to me at all then!

  5. says

    When they are little sometimes they TALK so much that you think you don’t have enough ear space – and then when they’re teens they talk so little – well, I suffer withdrawal! I have to constantly remind myself to slow down and listen – you reminded me today:) Thank you!

  6. says

    what a sweet story. My little one can’t talk yet, but I know I’ll have to watch the computer time when he becomes a little more aware.

  7. says

    LOVE THIS! Sometimes I feel myself getting annoyed when the are constantly asking me “why this” or “what’s that.” But then a take a deep breath and remember, pretty soon they will be acting like they know everything and I know nothing. Playing and talking with the boys at the ages they are now is so much fun. I need to remember to make more time to play. The housework can wait!

  8. says

    This is so very true! So many parents do not realize this! I find that most of the time, it’s the ones that say: WHY do you do all the for the kids? HOW do you find the time?

    There is always time :)

  9. says

    I can so relate! I have to keep in mind that one day I will wish for the crazy loud screams of joy and nonstop wrestling that goes on 24-7 here. I mean how can you blog about life if you aren’t out enjoying it right? Thanks for posting this – I will definitely have to start reading Life Without Pink.

  10. says

    I read a poem once that really stuck with me.

    Mother, O Mother, come shake out your cloth,
    Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
    Hang out the washing, make up the bed,
    Sew on a button and butter the bread.

    Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
    She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.

    Oh, I’ve grown as shiftless as Little Boy Blue,
    Lullabye, rockabye, lullabye loo.
    Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
    Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo

    The shopping’s not done and there’s nothing for stew
    And out in the yard there’s a hullabaloo
    But I’m playing Kanga and this is my Roo
    Look! Aren’t his eyes the most wonderful hue?
    Lullabye, rockaby lullabye loo.

    The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow
    But children grow up as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
    So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
    I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.

    - Ruth Hulbert Hamilton

    Babies (and kids) don’t keep, other stuff does.
    I was thinking, earlier today, about when my son was starting kindergarten. He starts 8th grade this school year. I must confess, I got a little teary.

  11. says

    Tina – so glad you took the time to play! My daughter who is leaving in 3 weeks for college came in the other night and wanted to play Yahtzee. I was so exhausted but I realized that these opportunities will not be here much longer so I grabbed it. And by the way lost the games big time!

  12. says

    Oh this is so true. I think about this all the time, that the craziness that is hard to handle now will someday be the one thing I miss. Great reminder, Tina.

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