Thursday, August 25, 2011

Grateful


It was my little one's sports carnival yesterday. He came 1st in the Year 3 400 metre race... out of all those kids way bigger than him!!!! He's tiny.

I was so proud.

I almost missed the whole thing though. I was chatting away and noticed this little blonde thing, tearing up the straight. I thought to myself, "gee that kid is flying"..... and then I recognised him as my own. I got the shock of my life and ran alongside him for the last 100m, screaming like a banshee. I am sure I 'frightened' him over the finish line!


I noticed other little ones who did not have anyone cheering for them.... so those whose names I knew, I stood near the finish line (as they were seriously flailing) and screamed out their names. As they heard their names.... they sped up to get to that finish line. It almost made me cry to see how their spirits lifted just when they heard their name. Someone was cheering them on.

I had a 'gratitude moment', right there and then... so grateful that I have the flexibility in my life to be able to be there at these special moments in my boy's lives. It's so important.... being there for them. Making them feel that they are the most important person in your life at that very moment. Goodness, I almost missed a very special one due to my gas-bagging. Thank goodness I noticed him in time. He was bursting with excitement.... but humble....good boy .... just the way I've taught him to be. I was the one not so.... jumping up and down screaming with delight for him. One mother came over and said, "we could hear you from the grandstand". Nothing could have shut me up. So grateful I could be there.

It was a good day.
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24 comments:

  1. So fabulous that you are able to be there to share such wonderful moments with your boys. To be honest, that is the reason I actually wanted a job in my childrens' school (ALL those years ago!) I was there "on the spot" for every significant school milestone moment in their lives. Best thing I ever did. ;)Sharyne

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  2. Hello A-M

    What a wonderful story.
    What a wonderful - Grateful moment.

    It makes you feel so proud doesn't it.

    I had to make the our matching 'house' scarfs, cheerleading shakers and anything else in our 'house' colour for our last sports carnival.

    I can picture running up the sideline in high heel boots and scarf - looking very glam :)

    Aren't we lucky and grateful to live in Australia - to have such appreciation for the simple things when life can be so complicated at times.

    have a wonderful day mummy grateful.

    x
    Loulou

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  3. what a great idea, you're such a sensitive lady!!!

    re: The Renovators
    Oh A-M, I agree too!!! I don't mind Baz, tho he's a bit "too nice", but the others just don't sit well with me. But I can't help but love what they achieve as a tv show. I just don't know anything similar in Oz. Let's hope they get real with their reserve prices, but then again, I think you'll find these lot aren't channel 9 "wannabes" who obviously don't have a clue what a property is worth. My calculations tell me that The Block lost over $1.5M before sponsors. What a disgrace, and they take it out on the poor competitors who got them the ratings!!! blimey...

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  4. Hee you make me laugh I tell you I always used to miss some of my kids items due to gas bagging with my friends too hee. Congratulations to your son I have a year 3 student he is the smallest in the class too you know what they say small things come in great packages, he looks so pleased with his award I bet his more pleased mum was there to cheere him on, I wondered what that noise was yesterday afternoon here in Mackay Hee hee. x

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  5. Oh P.S Hope you try the Pancake Recipe it is a good one :))

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  6. Thats what Mums do. You should hear me at soccer! Well done on the first placement, great achievement. ;-)

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  7. Congratulations and well done little tacker!
    I remember fondly cheering on my children at their sports/swimming carnivals. Don't feel guilty about nearly missing the big moment A-Me, we've all been guilty of that.
    xx

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  8. You're so right A-M. I've been to every one of my kids' sports days (even went to a meet yesterday for my Year 12 son)and I've always cherished the fact that I could do that. And you know what - your kids will remember it forever. Priceless. K xx

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  9. Oops - forgot to say congrats to the big winner! Well done :)

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  10. awesome result!!!
    yes - very lucky that you caught the finish!!
    cheryl xox.

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  11. those days are the best. I'm always so grateful when i can make it to things like too. xx

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  12. Really family is what life is all about. We should feel so grateful that working from home gives us the opportunity to be flexible with our work hours and enable us to be part of these beautiful family moments. Congrats to your little winner x

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  13. These are such wonderful moments, just priceless. Have a wonderful week A-M xx

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  14. A-M I could have written your post as my own! I did this very same thing for my 7 yr olds 100 m son.... He came 5 th and I went mad for him! I too cheered on the other chn and they too were spurred on to hear someone calling their name. So sad for parents who have to work and can't take a sickie to come and support their child in something that is important to them.
    Thank you for your post which reminds those of us with children that they should be the most important people in our lives and we need to actively show them that they are!
    P.S. Well done to your son- showing size does not matter because God's gifts come custom made for each of us!

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  15. He is such a cutie!!!

    And you are the bestest mum ever <3

    B

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  16. So wonderful that you could be there for your boys - my parents were always at our carnivals and I always took it for granted. As a parent it does sadden me to see kids who don't have someone cheering them on - good on you for being there for them too.

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  17. It is wonderful and special to be able to share these moments with our small ones. I cherish every moment xx

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  18. How special. I too hope to be the kind of Mum that can be there for those sorts of school things giving my support when Grace gets bigger. Congratulations to your son on his win x

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  19. Yes, that´s absolutely something to be grateful for - and I´m glad you had a great time together! :-)

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  20. How wonderful for your little man and you:). It is wonderful to be able to be there for them. I am sure he appreciated it. Well he will appreciate it until he gets older. Then when they see you attending all their functions - they just roll their eyes:(. Enjoy every moment as they grow up way too quickly.

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  21. ...and you got photos!!! You were on fire. Congratulations to your little whirlwind.

    I loved this post as I am so grateful for those moments!

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  22. This post made me a bit teary- fantatsic you could be there for your son. My parents came to all our sports days and I am going to do the same for my baby when he grows up x

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  23. There is so much truth in this whole post A-M, I am still mulling it! Isn't it a blessing to have these dear and wonderful children in our lives? Aren't you glad you you're NOT missing it?

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  24. Hi AM, I love this post...I remember doing the same thing...nearly missing my own kids...too busy talking...but you're right, it's great to be there.... and I used to cheer for other kids, who didn't have their Mums there too...My mother never attended anything at school and I was lucky enough to always be available for mine...My best memory is my sons at sports carnival in Yeppoon, the whole school ran in bare feet on the oval...would never have been allowed in Melbourne! Robx

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