I’ve been living a life of adventure and sheer beauty, exploring new countries and cultures, but spending the day with my daughter is truly what it means to be alive. Today, at Windjammer Landing in St. Lucia, we did nothing and everything at the same time. We gave the greatest gift to each other – our time.
With no plans or schedule, we walked along the beach, splashed in the water, and chased each other around. Not once did I think, “Hurry up, Athena”, or “Let’s go.” Nope; time didn’t matter. We had nowhere to be. When she asked if we could cuddle in the hammock, my heart was full with joy. And when she smiled, I saw a mini me looking back. I always found that she looked so much like her father but every so often, I can see my eyes, my lips, my face looking back. Maybe it’s her mannerisms or maybe she is actually starting to look like me, but it doesn’t matter. It’s the happiest I’ve ever felt in life.
Eventually, we walked up to the children’s play area and both enjoyed the swings and slide. I cast my eyes to the sky and felt the breeze on my face. When I looked back down, Athena was mirroring me. Our children learn from so much more than our words. It’s everything about us that makes them.
Our time in the pool was equally rewarding. The daredevil look that she gets on her face is the best reminder that she’s definitely like her mother and happiness exudes from her like a breath of fresh air on a warm sunny day.
Many things are not equal or fair in life but we all get the same 24 hours and we choose how we spend them. We make time for what we want. Make time for your children and teach them that they’ve made your life worthwhile.
Athena, I love you with every ounce of my being and you’ve brought more joy into my life today than an infinity without you. Being with you is what it means to truly be alive.