Sunday was Jessica’s Birthday. For once, I actually did a little planning. We had the nanny come to take care of the three younger kids (3, 2 and 1) while the other five kids and myself took Jessica out to dinner. Even though they are self-sufficient much of the time, and even though we’ve taught them how to show respectful behavior to those around them in public places, things can get a little crazy from time to time.
The kids get along so well and have so much fun together that sometimes, well, they just act like kids.
There was a point during dinner that they were getting a little crazy, making jokes, getting excited about the fact that they could catch a Pokemon at the table, and just plain having fun that Jessica gave me that look; the one where she wasn’t sure if it was too much but didn’t want to be a wet blanket on their fun. She looked at me and just smiled. I looked at her and simply said, “this is the life we chose.”
She then gave me a wry smile which turned into a big grin and said, “Yes it is.”
And the kids carried on.
It was one of those evenings that, while tiring, was one we didn’t want to put to rest after dinner. So we then went to the park and did some Pokemon hunting before getting home to relieve our nanny.
I thought about my comment to Jessica later. “It’s the life we chose.” I thought about how lucky we are that we actually get to be living the life we chose. It’s work. It’s stressful. It’s tiring. But outweighing all of that is that it’s loads of fun and greatly rewarding. And it’s the life we chose.
I think about the people out there who are not living the lives they chose or would choose. Some won’t. Some can’t. Some just don’t know how. And I think, more and more, that while some people say that happiness is the key to a successful life, it’s really about being able to live the life you choose that leads to success.