It’s so easy to get caught up in the daily go go go. I can say this because I am Exhibit A. I get up in a hustle, feed babies, pack lunches, and get everyone out the door so that way I can head to my office and tackle my day. I am not complaining, I love my life. However, like most people when a wrench is thrown into my nicely sewn up day… panic mode sometimes sets in.
My two oldest kiddos, Allie (almost 11) & Lexi (11) had their 5th grade graduation yesterday. If you are like me (which I am sure you’re not and actually were excited when you heard this fabulous news) I was immediately thinking… 5th Grade Graduation? Who graduates from the 5th grade? Don’t they just finish their day and I pick them up as usual, then we go for ice cream to celebrate summer officially here? Well… if you are seeing where this is going, the answer to that is no. At the end of 5th grade your journey at Copper Creek Elementary School is complete and you move on to bigger better things in middle school (ps. I hated middle school and am not in the slightest bit ready to relive it with my girls).
So after rearranging my day, making sure my husband rearranged his, and then rounding the troops we headed to 5th grade graduation.
I sat in the auditorium (a.k.a cafeteria with no AC) and watched my girls accept accolades for kindness, straight A’s, and a presidential award for outstanding achievement. I watched a slide show displaying all these kids faces just simply enjoying life as they knew it to be. No Stress. No Worries. Just complete Innocence. I shed a few tears (I’m not made of stone people) and was such a proud mommy. However it is what happened next that brought me to an inner AH-Ha moment.
We followed the crowd to a hallway designated in the downstairs of the school. Parents, teachers, and younger kids lined the hallway with hands held high getting ready to “high-five” all the 5th graders as they ran by (*picture the Chicago Bulls theme song going and the team getting ready to play in the championship game… now you are getting the idea of what was happening). It was such a powerful moment in my life to see my two daughters with giant smiles on their faces run by and feel that sense of “Wow we did it!”. As a parent is there really anything more we want for our kids than to make them feel accomplished?
I walked out of there thinking wouldn’t it be great if we all would line up everyday for each other in the hallway and share in high-fives as we accomplished life’s little moments? Would you line up in my hallway? I’d line up in yours. Isn’t this was life ultimately should be about? The support and celebrations?
I threw out a challenge to a group of my Facebook friends last week that said “I challenge you to make a difference” (it was way more long winded but that was the jist). I challenged them to line up in each-other’s hallways and share in the joy and excitement of something accomplished. I also challenged them to thank people for supporting them in those accomplishments and sharing in the joy together. I am throwing the same challenge to you.
I don’t do a lot right in life, but one thing I know for sure… I did something right with those two young ladies who ran those hallways yesterday. I will never be able to thank Copper Creek Elementary School enough for not only taking care of my girls for the last 6 years but for showing me that I must celebrate the little things in life. Because truthfully the little things really are the BIG things.