Don’t let your cookie crumble

Tomorrow I am picking up my granddaughters to make Christmas cookies. They are 5 and 2 and bundles of energy and joy. It is one of my favorite holiday traditions to make cookies with them. Next year, I can’t wait to add in the youngest, but she’s just a little too little this year!

When I was the parent of a little one, I took our time for granted. We were always together. He was my little buddy and it felt like it would never end. As we all know, it did end, and of course he grew up, as the kiddos do.

So now I feel like I double cherish the time. Because I’m not with them every day, our time feels so much more valuable. This time around, I know they will grow up and fly the nest. This time, I know the sweet pain of how that feels. How happy I am that they are growing and healthy, and how sad I am that they won’t stay this age. They won’t always be screaming “Pippy!” when I walk through the door and throw themselves into my arms. They will each only be this age once, and I don’t want to miss any of it.

And yet, by design, I have to miss a lot of it because there’s this thing called life. Things like my cherished relationship, working full time, a growing side business, family, friends, all the people and things I love. Then there’s the alone time. I feel like as I get older, this alone time gets shorter and more valuable. I won’t neglect it for myself because I know that if I don’t have it, I will lose those little parts of myself. Like a cookie, I’ll crumble.

This year I am prioritizing. I don’t have a big tree, I didn’t do a lot of decorations, but I’ll have the fun and  the kids and the cookies. I’ll have the movie with my true love, the wine and another movie. I’ll have the lovely family time. Then, then I’ll make the time for me. I’ll set up the diffuser, I’ll cocoon myself in a big blankie. I’ll make the plans for next year and I’ll take the deep breaths and know that life is good and we are all creating the best lives we know how. My wish for all of us is peace for the holidays, for our loved ones, and especially peace for ourselves.

Lynn Devasto
Lynn "Pippy" DeVasto is an NAHA Level 1 Certified Aromatherapist specializing in custom crafted therapeutic blends. She can be found on all things social @pippysbotanicals as well as on her website. When not blending oils, she can be found at the beach with her granddaughters looking for the most beautifully imperfect shells.

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