I get up get, get the kids ready for school, and take the two littles with me and head to Aldi. Our family loves Aldi and has discovered ways to save money by shopping here. Then I leave, go down the road to Walmart. I travel the same road, turn left at the stop light and park in the same place almost every week.
That is until land was being cleared across the street for a new building. Will spotted the construction trucks. Diggers, lifters and dump trucks were all over the place and he wanted to see them closer. What was I supposed to do? I changed my routine. I drove down a different road, took a different turn and started parking in different places so Will could see the construction and all the different trucks that were being used.
Over time the land was cleared, a building was built, the road was redone, and the construction equipment changed and is disappearing. The empty lot is becoming a Sam’s Club. I have tried to prepare him for the time when “one day the building will be built and there will be no more diggers.” He didn’t seem to care. He would point out the different colors of lifts that were being used to paint the building. Or how one ‘digger’ had a brush or a roller. I loved explaining to the best of my ability the different types of equipment and how it was used. I was sad during the last shopping trip when I realized that the building is about a month away from opening and we no longer have construction to look at on our shopping trips.
So what did I do this week? I began to look for more construction. It wasn’t hard to find. There is another new building on our way and all he has to do is look out his window.
In another year, Will is going to school. Casey will be my only one left to take grocery shopping (except during the summer when they all come with me). With Lizzie and Evelyn, I learned to stop and enjoy the little moments of their lives and will do the same with Will and Casey.
If that means taking a different road or turning left instead of right to see a construction site. If it means stopping from the ordinary to see something else, I will.