Often a simple happy moment is magnified by what has come before it.
Kids love to run and play, noise is an expression of their fun. Parks, playgrounds and backyards I find essential to use up even a smidge of their endless energy. It was now week three of the school holidays and we had experienced day after day of wet, crazy, windy weather. All outdoor activities had been on hold and all three of us were feeling cooped up inside.
The arguing began early, then the door slamming and yelling. I was tired of running interference and felt weary of it all. I headed upstairs to have a shower and look for my patience, I had a feeling I may need more later.
As I descended the stairs clean and refreshed I heard giggling, then chatter. I paused, desperate not to disturb their play. I peered around the corner and to my exquisite delight the kids were playing together. Holy Smokes I could see Batman chatting with a Skylander while a tea party was set up by Strawberry Shortcake.
I stood and I absorbed every blissful moment of my 9 and almost 7 year old engrossed in the most delightful imaginative moment together.
I wonder if it were not for the chaos of the morning would this moment have passed me by or even been taken for granted.
Did the contrast amplify my happiness?
My moment of Bliss.