I long to accomplish a great and noble task; but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble. ~Helen Keller
My small and tiring tasks this weekend included hours and hours of rocking this baby as those chompers invaded his mouth. Four teeth in four weeks and still more swollen gums, fever, and runny nose. I expect he’ll have six teeth before this month is up. He smiles here, but in the middle of the night his pain has kept everyone up. Tired doesn’t even begin to describe the way I felt on Saturday. Exhausted, worn out, make a better attempt out describing me. He wanted to be held 90% of the time. Have you ever tried to blow dry your hair holding a baby? It doesn’t work out so well.
I do long to accomplish a great and noble task: raising men. It is such a long journey, one that Mr. Dunbar and I have only begun to climb. A journey that will take three lifetimes. Where there are so many valleys and hills and rabbit trails to be explored. But in the small of the night it is my small tasks of rocking, soothing, cuddling that will hopefully forever imprint just how loved he is. So much of who he will become relies on these first few years. Whether he’ll know just how loved he is, whether he’ll understand his value to this family and the world, his personality relies so much on his acceptance at home. I was supposed to leave him all day today. Had all of the plans made and then they didn’t pan out the way I had wanted. I was so super bummed. But then I thought, perhaps I’m just supposed to spend the day cuddling this guy. So that’s just what we’re doing. And that’s okay.
How about you? Any small or large tasks you’re conquering today?