Wednesday, February 6, 2008

The Greatest Toy Ever

I'm always looking for the perfect toy. It my dreams it is something that would work for one-year-old Linnea AND for three-year-old Arielle, something that won't break despite the best efforts of two wild little monkeys, something that will calm them down when they are fussy and use up their energy when they are hyper. And, it would be safe, educational, and require no supervision. If I had this wonderful toy, I could get the laundry done, wash the floor, write a book, and have a few minutes to myself to do nothing or conquer the universe.

Like I said, in my dreams. In reality nothing this great could exist, right? Well yesterday I realized that this toy does exist, and until very recently, we had one at our house. It was called a Daddy.

A few weeks ago, our Daddy put on his Army outfit and went away for a while. He's helping other mommies and daddies to fight monsters, so their children can be safe, and he'll be back when all the Daddy Kisses in the jar are gone.

It is easy to get caught up in buying toys and looking for the perfect plaything. But, in reality, the greatest toy is a Mommy or a Daddy that gives a child a little time and undivided attention.

I am only just appreciating how much that means. I think I wasted too much time worrying about the fact that I always cleaned the bathroom and I always mopped, rather than appreciating that the time the girls spent with their Daddy while I did these chores, was more worthwhile and more fun than any toy I could pick out - even when he was sleeping and they were jumping on his head.

What I really wanted to do is let my husband know that he is missed and appreciated. And to let my readers know, that although posting has been slow, I have not forgotten the blog and will be posting as much as possible.


Shannon @ Some Fine Taters said...

My husband is a Marine & my girls will be getting their "toy" back in about a month.

Here's hoping the time passes quickly for you!

Sara said...

I hope all our favorite Daddy "toys" come back safely.

Jada2929 said...

I'm thankful to your husband and your family for your sacrifice. Dads really are the best toy of all, you got that right!

Meredith said...

I am so sorry that your husband is gone. I hope he gets back soon. I cannot imagine not having my daughter's daddy here every day! Daddy's ARE the best toy, and I am sending you and your children good thoughts during this difficult time.

Anonymous said...

Sara, I appreciate this blog and use it often for advice on great toys. I didn't realize you were a military family as well. I am so grateful to your family for the sacrifice you make so that our country can be safe. Thank you, you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers!

kristen said...

This blog is often in my thoughts, now you will be in my heart as well. Thank You.