As my daughter and I set out for some quality time to get ice cream (something I always did with my parents when I was young and still to this day some of my fondest memories), I was looking forward to spending some time with her just hanging out. We arrived at the ice cream shop and my daughter was eying all the flavors and asking for several samples, I started to get a bit impatient as she deliberated over a scoop of cotton candy and strawberry ice cream. The lady in line behind us noticed my impatience and kindly said a word to me regarding it, something to the effect of "Let her take her time mom, how exciting and colorful all those flavors are to her, how fun!" At first I was taken aback, but quickly realized she was right. After all, wasn't I there to spend quality time with her? Wasn't I there to enjoy a relaxing afternoon with my daughter? This total stranger was right! Why was I so impatient? We weren't in a hurry and I am sure that this is all part of the process of getting the perfect flavor, especially at her age. I quickly took a deep breath and relaxed and let her enjoy the process. She was thrilled when she tasted her decided flavor of cotton candy, (which she always chooses in the end). Who ever you are...thank you, (person I learned from this week). I appreciated the graceful step in with my daughter. We really enjoyed our "ice cream moment"! What I learned: Impatience is not a good quality to have, take the time to enjoy your time, showing your child that your patient will teach her patience, you can learn something valuable from a stranger and it could change your life - if you are open to it. What we shared: an amazing afternoon of incredible ice cream, conversation and a memory I won't forget.
Stop and take the time to enjoy the time you spend with your child. Now go and make some "ice cream moments." Dyan