"Mom, can you come with me?" she asked. It wasn't easy saying yes, in fact I desperately wanted to say no. All I needed was to be left alone for a while so I could get things done, so I could reach my deadlines, so I could have a sense of peace ... but there she was, standing in front of me pleading. "C'mon," she said, "I don't like going there alone."
Technically she wouldn't be "alone." There were two cats in the house. All she had to do was cross the street, change the litter box, and pour a little food into their bowls. How difficult could that be?
Pretty simple really, but my daughter's a lot like me when it comes to going anywhere solo.
She needs a sidekick to remind her she's not alone in this world.
And some days I need a kick in the side to remind me that family is not an interruption to my otherwise busy life — they are my life.
I remember when I landed my first job. $2.70 an hour gave me just enough spending money to keep up with my friends. It was all about me. I couldn't spend it fast enough. Clothing, magazines, makeup, pizza. I was a well-stocked sixteen-year-old without a care in the world. Shoes I had, worries — not so much.
With a roof over my head and a well-stocked fridge, I didn't see the need to contribute. Thankfully, somewhere along the line, maturity and responsibility finally kicked in.
I came to realize that investments are an important part of our lives. Not just the way that we invest our money, but most importantly how we invest our time.
The gift of time is one of the greatest gifts that you can offer your family.
[Read the rest of the article at Time-Warp Wife.]