These moments are rarely scheduled or rehearsed, instead, they are almost always interruptions. Inconvenient little interruptions that are usually more instructive and enjoyable than anything I had on my agenda for the day. And, honestly, I don’t always seize them as opportunities. I have to shift my perspective to the reality that, interruptions are my job.
Inconvenient Little Interruptions
I’ll never forget when I first heard that statement. It came from a professor lamenting about students coming in and out of his office with questions and requests. He must have been having a hard time meeting a deadline, but I don’t remember the details.
A New Perspective
In this time of extra togetherness, I feel like there have been more days than not where I can slip into a state of irritation from the interruptions of my children. But I remember what he said, “the interruptions are my job.” These little moments with my kids are why I wanted to be a mother in the first place. And it’s the greatest job ever.
Don’t get me wrong I often feel like I exist in a battle between cherishing the time with my kids, but also desperately needing a break. I am a better mother when I have things to do besides parent my children.
Having regular rhythms in my day has helped so much in finding balance, a time for productivity, work, or hobbies, and as well as undistracted time with my kids. Plus instead of resenting it, I’ve embraced the reality that parenting never really takes a break, it was never designed to. And when I look for a silver lining, I would have never had so many of these opportunities had things stayed “normal.” A grateful perspective allows me to look forward to the interruptions instead of getting irritated by them.
The unscheduled, unrehearsed conversations and experiences I have with my kids are usually the most memorable and enjoyable. But it requires an openness and willingness from me to turn what would be irritating interruptions into sacred opportunities. So here’s to making more memories and teachable moments by embracing the many interruptions throughout our days.