I originally started writing for my daughter, Olivia. I was having (still have) a lot of guilt about the unbalanced time I spend between her and her brother. I know that this blog isn’t appropriate content for a 6 year old, but my hope is that she will read this when she is older and understand. And if she feels that I have treated her inequitably, that she will forgive me.
I do try. I do try to create moments that are just for the two of us.
I LOVE coffee (and wine) but I LOVE coffee. One thing that I really used to enjoy doing on my own was to wake up early and walk the 6km to Starbucks with our dog, Suma. Now that Olivia is older, I have invited her to join me. I will wake her up at 6:30am and with her sometimes still in her pajamas, we will walk to Starbucks.
I beat myself up a lot. I judge myself. But when I read the above excerpt from the book “What Happened To You” I realized that I am doing something right. If the one thing that Kate really appreciated was the moment when her mom woke her up in the middle of the night for a bowl of Cheerios, then hopefully Olivia views our Starbucks mornings the same way. I have created my own version of a “Cereal Moment” with my daughter. This is the one special thing that is ours and only ours. I am really proud of that.