and at the end

I hit Pinterest tonight for the first time in a long time and came across this quote. It got me thinking about how, despite being the slight cleanliness nut that I often can be, I have learnt to let go. The kids get to make a mess and be dirty, roll in the grass, run down footpaths with no shoes on, explore mud and muck, hell – they even get to play in the sand on a regular basis. And I sit back and calmly watch them be.

Some of my fondest childhood memories involve “baking” mud pies and cooking up leaf soups for anyone who would pretend to eat them, and I’m more than happy to be able to do the same for my children. Children should be dirty, messy, and yes, their eyes ablaze from all the adventures they’ve had, and all the stories they can tell about the amazing things they’ve done. They should go to bed with huge, tired grins on their faces.

I’d like to think that is what childhood is all about.