I’ve seen heavenly beaches around the world, some with turquoise waters so clear that you question reality and others with soft white sands that cushion your feet like pillows, but no view could compare to what I saw today at Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas. I guess it could have happened anywhere. It wasn’t so much the beach that inspired me as the people, or person, surrounding me. Today, Athena lifted my heart to a new level of joy. The happiness on her face as she ran down the beach in her big, pink dress and messy hair was life-changing. I am a mother and every second of my life is more beautiful because of it.
She started off being silly in the Japanese restaurant that we went to for dinner. Her fork was a choo choo train and she quietly said, “choo choo” around the table while waiting for her food. Before dinner was over, however, she spilled an entire glass of water all over “Daddy” and had rice noodles all over her dress. I was caught laughing and had to turn my head not to encourage her. I figured she needed a run on the beach before going back to the room. Tiring her out seemed like a good plan.
We ran up and down the beach for almost an hour. I was the one exhausted. I put the camera on action and snapped photos as she ran, fell, laughed, and played in the sand.
I’m 33 years old and I’ve had a beautiful life filled with love, family, friendship, travel, adventure, and deep happiness, but becoming a mother has added another dimension that I didn’t know was possible. When Athena looks up at me with that smile on her face, it is the happiest, most fulfilling moment in my life and I get to experience it daily, sometimes hourly or even by the minute. People try to explain what it’s like being a mother but I think only mothers truly understand. The are simply no words.