Today I am thankful for two things. Two things that have to do with mommy and Maggie time – which is hard to find sometimes. So when either (or both) of these two things occur on any given day it makes the whole day, from start to finish, just that much better.
Today I am thankful for mommy and Maggie time in the morning before school for her and as a break from work for me (yes, by the time she goes to school I’ve usually been “at it” for 3 hours or more).
On these special mornings Maggie and I get to sit down and have breakfast together. Often times breakfast consists of Mommy’s Cheesy Eggs*, which happen to be high on both our lists of favorite breakfasts.
Unfortunately (and quite honestly), breakfast together does not occur every day of the week for Maggie and mommy. We both eat breakfast (the most important meal of the day) but timing and schedules make it difficult to do it together every day.
So on those special mornings I am especially thankful for the time she and I get to spend together as we begin our day.
I am also – this 12th day of thanksgiving – thankful for our new nightly routine. Maggie began her 2nd grade year with much trepidation for one thing: homework. Mommy may have added to this by discussing the homework situation one too many times but I wanted her to be prepared for what was to come as she moves forward in her education.
Homework is inevitable. And she was not looking forward to it. At all. But Maggie is a very smart girl. Oh, I’m her mom; I’m supposed to say that, right? Well, of course. So I’m saying it, but I also (1000%) mean it. She is incredibly intelligent and shows her brilliance in many ways.
Including homework. Each night she brings home whatever work she has due and after dinner is finished we head upstairs to my office and get to work. I finish catching up on the day and she completes whatever assignment she’s been given.
After she’s done with it, I review her work and then ask her questions about it to help her study further. This time together has turned into a wonderful mommy and Maggie experience for us both.
What started out as worry for her has become a breeze in that she pays attention in school (to the) homework instructions and is able to handle completing her homework with focused effort; and mommy is there to help if needed.
I have the pleasure of seeing her grow and I am happy to be a part of her school education; for this I am thankful. I am also aware of what she’s learning and can reap the reward of knowing that she is getting a good education** too.
And, as with our morning time, this evening time is just a bit of mommy and Maggie time in a world of craziness; its just plain nice to be able to share these times with her – the benefits for both of us are astounding as we continue to build our mother-daughter bond.
So today, November 12th, I am thankful for two things. Mommy and Maggie time in the morning and in the evening. What great ways to begin and end our day.
Thank you, Magpie. I am blessed to share this time(s) with you. Mommy loves you, Peanut Buttah Girl!
*How to Make Cheesy Eggs – Maggie Style
Maggie ‘n’ Mommy – Our Time
Please Note: As a parent I am often disturbed (…and with feelings of guilt) by what little amount of time I get to spend with my daughter. However, I am thoroughly satisfied when – even if it isn’t a lot – the time she and I do spend is quality, one on one, focused time. I will take quality over quantity (anything) any day of the week.
And if you wish to know why there is all this thanking going on this month, please read 30 Days of Thanksgiving-One Day at a Time. Remember, giving thanks for your many blessings does not have to be just a November thing. Enjoy!
**Special Thanks to Maggie’s fabulous 2nd Grade Teacher for his dedication to my daughter’s success as well as to Portland Public Schools for providing the incredible venue for her continuing education. Time spent learning is never wasted time! Thank you!