It’s time from Five Minute Friday. It is the time of the week when I join with a bunch of amazing bloggers that feel like sisters to join up with Kate Motaung to write about a one word prompt for five minutes straight. This week’s prompt is NOTICE.
I like to think of myself as some what of a detail oriented person. Once when planning a women’s event I hyperventilated over the way the napkins were laid out. Yet in other areas of my life things, even big things go unnoticed.
I don’t always pay attention when my daughter changes her hair unless she has told me prior to doing it. Now that she is about to turn 22 I don’t notice what she eats or even if she does. After all she is old enough to care for herself. One thing that I do notice is the way she walks down the hall. Sometimes it is almost a hurried stomp because she got called into work early or she is hurrying to get to class. Other times it is almost a dance as she is getting ready for a date or night out with friends. I am sure there are so many more details of her life that I am missing out on because I don’t notice.
I think I notice change, especially in appearance, in my son since he no longer lives at home and I don’t see him everyday. As he walks in the door I look to see if there is a smile or a look of irritation. It only takes a few minutes talking with him to notice if his week is going well or if something is bothering him. Even though I notice these things I am sure there are others that I miss: things that he may not really want to point out but if I were to notice and mention he would gladly share more about.
The one person you would think I would notice the most is my husband but he may be the one that at times I notice the least. Some would say that after 27 years I am just so familiar with him that there isn’t much to notice. But there is. I should notice each day how he does whatever he can to make us laugh. I should notice that he makes sure all our vehicles are safe for our own protection. I don’t always notice that he is moving a little slower now than he did 27 years ago but he still never stops. He makes sure he stays busy doing something. That something is usually to benefit others.
There are so many things about my family that I don’t notice. Details that I don’t pay attention to. Things that I should see as a blessing but I sometimes find as an irritation. The one thing that I do notice is how much they mean in my life. We all have grown in age, in out faith and with each other over these last years.
I love to sit back and watching as Samantha easily loves and cares for children that other find difficult to handle. I notice the deep sense of loyality Anthony has when he tells me about his friends. As Mike and I are working towards being empty-nesters I look back and I notice how commited he is to me and our families.
Why I don’t I notice more ? I could use the excuse that life is just busy but the truth is none of us notice as much as we could or should. I want to see the details that I’ve been missing.
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