We live in Washington and my daughter’s favorite time to go outside is when it’s raining.
Now, I don’t particularly like the rain. It’s ok and all, but I don’t like being wet and cold. Ashlyn, on the other hand, enjoys soaked socks and dripping hair.
When she first started hearing the rain pound on our roof and begging to go outside to jump in the puddles, I dragged my feet. I did it, but not without wanting to go inside every second of it.
Eventually, I decided it wasn’t so bad after all. It’s only temporary and each time I remind myself I’ll be able to go inside and warm up soon.
It’s worth it to me. It’s worth it to watch the grin spread permanently across her cheeks as the murky water splashes around her. It’s worth it for the warm snuggles I get when we finally do go inside. It’s worth it for the memories we’re making.
After all, that’s what life’s all about, right? Making memories. Sometimes it’s wet. Sometimes it’s cold. But the memories, they will always be there to warm my heart, so I continue to do these sorts of semi-miserable things with my growing little girl.
What about you? What sorts of things do you do with your toddler that you don’t really love but do for their happiness? Do you jump in the rain? Let them paint and spend forever cleaning up afterward? Do you read them that same book over and over and over again?
Whatever you do, don’t stop doing it. OK?