Monday, January 23, 2012

Small Tasks… Great Accomplishment

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?


Lori said...

it's the little moments that mean the most. in a few years you will miss those late night moments together, but for now I hope you get a good night sleep or at least a nap during the day.

AGohl said...

Awww....Well, I'll just pray that the sleep you do get is as refreshing as a full nights rest. :)

Hope the little one is feeling better and has his little teeth in soon!

Shannon said...

What a cutie! Hope those chompers are just about done so you can get some sleep :)

Genn said...

Love that quote!!!
So true for all mothers really.
I'm sorry it was a rough weekend. He sure is a cutie pie. Hope those darn teeth come through soon.

SZM said...

Beautifully put! Here is a small task I just got to today...I finally put away my Nativity sets!

Megan said...

Aw, mama, I hear you. I just spent a weekend with my sister's twin one year olds and I have forgotten so much about those days. I forgot how hard it was to get anything done and that if you don't get your shower first may never get it. Sometimes the best laid plans get set aside for something sweeter, and I always think there is a higher reason for that {even when I want to be totally bummed.}

Hugs to you mama. You're doing a great job.

Colleen said...

I miss holding my sweet babies. They are all too big now. :( I get plenty of rest but miss those days of rocking crying fussy babies!

Jenny said...

What a great quote; I am going to have to add that to my collection of favorite quotes. My task to conquer? Signing up at the doctor's office now that we are settled in in Scotland. For some reason, those kind of things make me nervous. But, conquer I will! I am long time reader, but haven't commented until today, for some reason, your question just struck me I guess! Good luck with the teething. I have an almost one year old who is making her way through the teethers too. :-)

Mrs. C... said...

Treasure your season, for it soon will change. The wind blows and I am never really prepared for the next season of life.....Just like changes in the weather, there are things you are ready to give up and things you want to continue enjoying - like trips to the beach with girlfriend and their kids....Cuddle your babies while you can! Mwah