To the annual clam chowder Christmas Eve dinner...
And the opening of new pajamas on Christmas Eve...
And the excitement of Christmas morning...
No planning the next thing.
No worrying about the future.
No fretting about what went wrong in the past.
Just joy in the time that we have together.
Each moment, each time in the Present, was (and IS) an opportunity to strengthen relationships, to know each other better, to show each other love and kindness.
And while my kiddos might not remember everything we did in the past month--every game of Wii Sports that we played, every time we read a book together, every time we laughed over the flour poofing out of the KitchenAid--I hope they always remember that they are loved.
While I can't stop all the stressful/sad/scary things that might happen, I can spend the moments that I have letting the people most important to me know that they are loved.
My commitment to them is that I will be Present.