"Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all cost, and that is the risk of doing nothing."
I want to take risks, to ride high, to show my littles that nothing can stop that dream in their heart that began brewing the day they were welcomed to the world. I want them to love big and not be afraid to show it, to love like it's a drug and we're addicts. I want them to feel the rush of life and the beauty of a smile while riding this giant two-wheeled bike of life, and sometimes we fall over, or sometimes the chain falls off and we want to yell but we bite our lip instead and wash off skinned knees only to get back up and do it all over again. But mostly? I want to drink up every last bit of their sweet smelling necks and live every second of life I can with them, really living with them.
Sometimes I can be the mama who holds on a little to tight, or who's a little to enthusiastic with the sanitary wipes before my little loves touch anything, but I'm learning. Someday I will let go, I know I have to. But today? Today is not that day. Today I will live and love the bejeezus out of my family, settling into a delicious place with even the simplest dinner of grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup earning itself a happy dance.
And as much as we indulge in snuggling little jammied bodies far past the early sun whispering through the window and warming our faces , we also have our more adventurous days where our plans actually start at sun-up and in the midst of our running-here-before-we-run-over-there I get a text that reads, "We're going to the fair, wanna come?" My answer is most definitely, "Yes." Because the risk of doing nothing is a risk that I don't want to take. And plus, the fair? It sounded like fun.
Elephant ears and deep fried oreos... how can you NOT?
An evening of magical fun it most definitely was. And as the dark starry night swallowed up the bright daytime sky, the magic of the evening quadrupled with the lights of the Ferris Wheel beaming through the navy curtain and the carnival music humming just loud enough for us to dance the night away.
And dance I did, with my littlest little, while my bigger girl broke away from mama for a ride with her friend... oh, and his mama too.
Thanks, Jessica, for inviting us and for taking the kids on the ferris wheel. You know how much I love heights.
As I held my little 'cubby' cheeks in the crook of my arm and danced in circles while waiting in line for the almost tantrum inducing helicopter ride, I realized that the moments of just being with the ones I love, whether sprawled out over soft piles of blankets and pillows or gettin' jiggy to the tunes on the loudspeaker... the background music for the twirly-swirly rides, is pure perfection. And the risk of 'nothing' never enters the equation.
Have a beautiful, perfect day full of doing something.
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