The Open Window

posted Jan 2, 2013, 10:09 PM by Smith Moments   [ updated Jan 2, 2013, 10:26 PM ]
June 4, 2012 
The lunch rush was over. I scurried around the kitchen sweeping up millions of crumbs with my mind wrapped around just as many racing thoughts. Laughter entered the open window. I stopped the broom and gazed out at all 6 of my children playing on the trampoline. The boys were perfecting kung fu moves (they don't take lessons) and bragged about their ability to defend the backyard. The girls sat around the edge cheering enthusiastically. Even little MaryAnn bobbed on Kirsten's lap, cooing along. My mind rested from all my motherly worries as their joy became my joy. 
A few minutes later, I stopped the broom again. Most of the kids came swishing back to my side. At least two of them had something urgent to cry or whine about. But I was ready...full of love and waiting for their return.