[Photos taken by the drone.]
If you were to ask me to define this season of life, I would say it is one of overwhelming stress. With each passing week, I look back and see the way the stress has mounted.
Stress is a strange thing because the more I live with it, the less I realize the weight of it. It is what it is has been a mantra for parenting for so many years, that sometimes I forget just because it is what it is doesn’t mean that it isn’t weighty.
The stress has piled so high that I’m beginning to feel suffocated by it. Yesterday Sam and I took his drone for a walk. Who knew it would be the catalyst for me to let go of some of the weight of things?
One of the things I admire the most about Sam is the way he constantly looks for fun. No matter what, his default is to have fun. He is enthusiastic and lighthearted. He finds ways to laugh. And he is really good at living in the moment.
Yesterday, Sam spent time with me and there were no strings attached. He didn’t want me to do something for him, he wasn’t clamoring to get something; he was content to be together.
By the end of the night, I was the more relaxed than I’d been in months. Sam’s joy and enthusiasm was good for my soul. His jokes and laughter made my heart light.
“You know one of my favorite things about you, Sam?” I asked him.
“My good looks?” He winked at me.
“Well, that, and I feel like it’s okay just to be me around you. You don’t try to get me to do something different than I want to do. You let me be me.”
“It’s easy to let people be themselves,” he said. “They usually laugh more that way.”
Sam has always had an uncanny ability to make people feel loved. It is remarkable to see him hang on to this quality as he becomes a young adult.
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