Toddler Pace (and Everything I Noticed)

Today I had to post a letter.  It was a task that should have taken me 15 minutes tops.  Head down, quick march, there and back.

It took me an hour.

Just one decision made that difference.  I decided to let Bee walk.

I could quite easily have bundled her up in the sling (or buggy), not having to worry about the hassle of shoes, and been there and back in a flash.  Maybe I would have chatted to her along the way, maybe I wouldn’t have.   But instead I chose to let Bee walk.

Bee held my hand as we walked to the end of our street.  She paused at the curb, and carefully navigated stepping off and back up again the other side.  We walked past the pelican crossing that usually takes us to the woods.  Bee pointed to the red man, button-pressing finger ready.  We made sure to walk on all the bumpy pink pavement slabs.  But we weren’t going that way today.

A man got into a parked van and started the engine.  Bee stopped to look and listen.  Along the side of the path Bee found a gully for drainage water.  She pulled me towards it and wobbled along, squeezing her feet inside.

An elderly lady and gentleman got off a double decker bus with squeaky brakes and walked arm in arm with their walking sticks towards us.  Bee turned to watch as they passed by, smiling at us.

We reached the postbox and I lifted Bee up so she could post the letters.  She put them in and out of the hole over and over before letting them go.  Then she tried to get them back.

Toddler Postbox
Back on the ground, we started our walk home.  Bee saw two dogs across the road.  She pointed and pointed until they were out of sight.

We happened upon a wonky maintenance slab.  I would have walked over it but Bee pulled me back.  We played for several minutes.  Me on one corner bouncing the slab, Bee on the other, giggling and shrieking.

Toddler Bounce
Eventually a passing ambulance, sirens blaring, distracted Bee and we carried on towards home.  Bee found the step next to our corner shop, so we climbed up it and jumped off.  Five times.

Toddler Jump
I pushed open the shop door and Bee stepped inside.  She inspected all the magazines and papers on the bottom shelf, before collecting a handful of chocolate bars.  She brought them to me.  I chose Bee a small Freddo bar and lifted her up to the counter.  We paid the shopkeeper and he put the chocolate in a bag and handed it to me.  Bee smiled and waved.  She took the bag and I opened the door.  Bee stepped out and we began the last part of our journey.

Toddler walking
Back past the red man and the bumpy pavement, down the hill.  Bee found a small square water cover.  She placed both her feet on it and bounced.  It didn’t move like the wobbly one.

Still swinging her bag we carried on to our street.  Bee paused at the curb and carefully stepped off and on again.  We found the right garden path and walked up to our door.  Knock knock.  Up the step, through the door and home.

One decision.

A choice to go slow.

Turned a boring errand into an adventure.

 

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21 Comments

  1. Amanda
    November 26, 2016 / 12:08 pm

    Love this Cat, love slow and snuggly, I might try take more notice from a toddlers eyes, just magical xx

  2. November 26, 2016 / 3:46 pm

    Sounds like a lovely hour. It’s lovely to go at their pace when you have time. Love her snowsuit. So cosy and cute.

    • catherine
      November 29, 2016 / 1:33 pm

      Thank you. Going slow is good for me too. Makes me take a breath and appreciate my life.

  3. November 26, 2016 / 5:36 pm

    Toddlers really are the absolute kings and queens of mindfulness! Great post! Thank you for the reminder to slow down and take notice, life is full of adventure 🌟 Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime

    • catherine
      November 29, 2016 / 1:35 pm

      Thank you. Shes certainly a reminder for me to be more mindful.

  4. November 28, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    Such an important post for two reasons. 1) it’s so good to slow down and take a good look 2) take the buggy when in a hurry 🙂 #marvmondays

    • catherine
      November 29, 2016 / 4:21 pm

      😆 yes, or if there’s anything breakable.

  5. November 29, 2016 / 7:50 am

    I absolutely adore this post! Especially in the USA we all seem to always be in a hurry, always needing to do things faster, more efficiently…and because of this I think we miss out on a lot of memorable moments, particularly with our children. This post is a fabulous reminder and lesson to slow down and ENJOY….thank you! #MarvMondays

    • catherine
      November 29, 2016 / 4:22 pm

      Thank you. It was a really enjoyable moment, completely unplanned but the highlight of my day.

  6. December 5, 2016 / 8:25 pm

    A while back I found myself getting really frustrated with the girls, you don’t mean to, but you’re trying to rush around and get a million things done and it’s no easy feat with kids in tow. I felt so awful for the way I was feeling, I lay in bed one night thinking about it and realised I had to change to my mindset and not be the ‘adult’ all the time but look at life through the childs eyes and what pleasures they might have, I honestly think it has helped me become more patient. 🙂

    • catherine
      December 6, 2016 / 9:09 pm

      It’s so easy to get frustrated when they’re under your feet and your trying to get stuff done. My other half always reminds me to stop stressing about the other stuff, my primary objective is looking after Bee.

  7. December 6, 2016 / 6:13 am

    This is lovely. It’s so lovely to watch them take the world in. The smallest things are fascinating for them! #MadAboutBlog

    • catherine
      December 6, 2016 / 9:09 pm

      It really does make you see the world in a different way. 🙂

  8. December 6, 2016 / 5:59 pm

    This post made me smile and look at my 10 year old on the couch. The gentle reminders to pause and look at life and enjoy the moments. Adventures are waiting to be had =) GREAT post! #madaboutblog

    • catherine
      December 6, 2016 / 9:10 pm

      It was such a lovely hour to preserve in a blog post. And a constant reminder to make time for more.

  9. December 7, 2016 / 4:18 am

    Thanks for the reminder to slow down! Love that little outfit. Just precious.
    #MadAboutBlog

    • catherine
      December 7, 2016 / 3:54 pm

      Thank you.

  10. December 7, 2016 / 1:47 pm

    Sometimes it’s great to try and see things through the eyes of a child. Lovely
    #MadAboutBlog

    • catherine
      December 7, 2016 / 3:54 pm

      Thank you.

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