I can’t believe it’s Slice of Life Challenge time again. It would have been easy for me to not participate this year. But I always participate, at least I always try to! The truth is there isn’t always time for writing, we have to make time for it. In fact, I would argue that the times in your life when you have the least time to write are those most worth capturing. I certainly have some life to capture these days.
It’s a rare day when the sun peaks its head out in these long winter months. My car sits cold on the street, wondering where I’ve been. Although I rarely leave the confines of my two bedroom apartment these days, my life bustles with activity. You see, I’ve just had a baby. I change diapers, I rock, I breastfeed, I lament over the state of my body, I change diapers, I nap, I change diapers, I breastfeed, I do laundry, I change clothes, I do more laundry, I change more diapers, I breastfeed, I maybe shower…maybe. You get the picture.
It might sound a bit repetitive. I suppose it is. But in between these predictable moments are little surprises. Tiny gifts that make the long days and nights so worth while.
A tentative first smile.
A giggle in her sleep.
A sneeze and a fart simultaneously.
Her eyes locked on mine studying my face.
Watching my husband melt with her in his arms.
I might not leave the house much these days. I may not have any pants that fit. I may spend hours slathering creams on various parts of my body in hopes of helping them recover to their former glory. But it’s all worth while. These little moments are already going to fast and that is a reason to write.