Monday, July 06, 2009
I think the hardest, yet probably coolest thing about having kids is how it turns your life upside down. I'm not talking about diapers, or bottles, or any of the typical stuff people usually talk about. See, you spend a big portion of your adult life doing whatever it is you want, whenever you want. You get to be self-absorbed...and it's perfectly ok. Take going out to eat as an example. Getting something to eat used to involve hopping in the car and driving to the restaurant you think sounds good at the moment. After kids, no matter what you're trying to do, it involves some planning and execution. I feel like Beth and I travel pretty light with Allie, so we don't spend a ton of time packing, but throwing that extra person in there that needs to be accounted for takes time, and makes everything more difficult. It just does...so you might as well accept it. The funny part to me is - accounting for this person sounds like a bad thing, only it comes with a HUGE 'but.' The 'but' in this case should probably be a capital BUT.
You see, I really think having a kid gives you a great chance to slow down and enjoy things you used to not even pay attention to. For example, Allie loves the zoo...I mean LOVES the zoo. We go to the zoo a couple of times a month - partially because she loves it so much, and partially because it's so easy. We can spend one hour or four hours there, and Allie will have had the time of her life. The funniest thing to me is we spend as much time looking at the ducks or ants on the ground as we do the elephants or gorillas. It's ALL amazing to her, and it's so much fun watching her go from exhibit to exhibit and get equally excited for each one! I'm learning to sit back and enjoy every little bit of stuff, because doing it with Allie makes it WAY more fun!