There’s a stack of unread magazines and junk mail spread across my kitchen counter like weeds in a rain-drenched field. Today, I was determined to use five minutes to make a dent in the unwieldy mass.
But something on top of the pile caught my attention. It was a white strip of paper stapled in a circle to make a hat. It had a little red cross on the front. I put it on my head and walked into the family room.
“Elyse – what’s this?”
She giggled. “A nurses hat. We made it at school.”
She shrugged. “I don’t remember.” I felt like a terrible mom instantly, because I’m sure it’s been here for at least a week.
“What do nurses do?”
Elyse told me all about them. Nurses could be girls or boys. They help with surgery, especially ones where babies are born. They are nice, and they take care of you when you are sick.
We had grilled cheese sanwiches and Brussels sprouts for dinner. Strange, I know, but we like it. After a few rounds of Wii tennis, it was bath and story time.
This hour with my little one is what my five-minute challenges are all about. I want to clear out the clutter, literally and figuratively, so I can do the things that are most important to me. For one whole hour today, I was in a moment that really mattered. And I wasn’t worried about cleaning or bills or anything else, because I knew I would get to it eventually – five minutes at a time.
Oh, and Elyse thought that I looked funny in her nurses hat, so she took a picture. Enjoy.
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