Ideally, a project getting all my kids in a picture once a week for the summer would be an undertaking at capturing the joy and fun of the season. Of course, it isn't always so. Sometimes, sibling time involves a lot of 'STOP BREATHING ON ME' or 'GET OFF ME' or the dreaded 'SHUT UP.'
We headed out for a parade this weekend, and I completely misjudged the schedule of events. We had way too much time waiting around for the festivities to start & the bickering was aplenty. Of course that doesn't negate the fun times had, the beautiful evening or the experience in general, but it is a part of it--a part of life with a growing family. It is a part of reality.
I wonder what memories my children will take with them into adulthood. I wonder how their experiences now will shape who they become and where they go in life, especially as their life thus far has been completely different from how I grew up. I would certainly never wish for them a dysfunctional family or single mother as I had, but sometimes I know that the strife of my childhood made me who I am.
So I hope that my children see it--the beauty, the wonder, the joy in the little things. But I hope they also understand that sometimes you have to wait. Sometimes to you have work. And I hope that for them, it always pays off.