The most magical of moments are often found in the most simple of circumstances.
They don't cost a fortune, they won't break the bank.
They are the ordinary moments that can be found in your everyday.
Simple everyday tasks, play time in the garden, a de-cluttering in the house.
It is for that precise reason, that those ordinary moments have the power to become something so special, the way he laugh's, the contagious smiles from within his eyes, the way he says 'Mummy', the way that he see's magic in all that you are, and all that he is. Those moments are touched in such a way that make them extraordinary, they become lifelong memories kissed with a sparkle, and absolutely anything but ordinary.
At Four, Leo is an actual little person.
A person with a passion for life and filling it to bursting with adventure. Sometimes it's easy to forget that these little people of ours are navigating the world in such a special way. Aliens and Ghosts, Fairies and Elves, their imaginations paving the yellow brick road out ahead of them, inviting them into a world of magic and dreams. Sometimes I forget how those everyday moments have such magic gripping them, and I loose myself in my grown up world of facts and mundane tasks.
I sometimes loose my footing to the extent that the slightest thing can make me shout. I get angry, I lose my way. There are days that I feel like all I do is tell Leo off, and it makes me feel awful. I am only human, we all have those days. They get tired, and we get tired.
The days are long but the years are short, and as soon as the words have left my mouth, I regret them, I instantly regret them. I look at his glassy eyes and he's blinking back the tiredness. I wish that I can sucker the words back through the air, take them right back and give him a massive cuddle instead. He has had a long day at school and I know this. He's tired and he just wants my attention.
Why did I resort to snapping?
I needed to remember that those magical moments are created from our everyday. It only takes one little thing to turn a complete day around, and recently I was sent a lovely treat from Certainly Wood. a gourmet S'more kit to enjoy with that beautiful boy of mine. They gave us absolutely everything to create the perfect moment out of a ordinary evening.
Inside our special treat pack was the wood to get us going, and a gorgeous selection of chocolate, marshmallows and biscuits so that we could cook up a gourmet storm on our fire.
Leo's eye's lit up, they shone so bright. His little legs wiggling as he slipped on his wellies over his pajama's, his excited look only growing as he tucked his arms into his fluffy jacket. Dark had fallen outside, but that ordinary night felt absolutely anything but ordinary.
It was extraordinary.
It was magical.
It made him smile.
It made me smile.
We baked S'mores, something that we had never done before. We ate far to much and we sat together watching the flames burn up into the dark night's sky.
We stayed outside far to late, we cuddled together in the glow of the flame taking comfort from the warmth that drifted our way. We watched the night's sky and spotted the stars, and we were content in nothing but our own company.
For an hour or two, we were just as we should be. We were a Mother and Son basking in each other's company. No snappy words, no whinging. It's a memory that I am sure both of us will hold close to our hearts for a very long time.
I need to remember how to let it all go, and just spend that one on one time with the most important person in my entire world. I need to remember how it is to be young, to be Leo's age, and help feed his imagination, his hunger for knowledge and let him lead me down the yellow brick road.
Disclaimer: We were sent a Gourmet S'more kit from Certainly Wood for the purpose of this post, but all views and opinions expressed are completely honest and my own.