… your 11-year-old son parks himself on the couch next to you and says, "Mom, I am going to snuggle you. You have 30 seconds to prepare for snuggling. 29… 28… 27… "
… your just-turned-9-year-old daughter gets to sit between two of her closest friends at lunch, and when the meal is over and you're walking out of the restaurant, she says to the friend next to her, "Let's walk out arm in arm like they do in books." And they do.
… your husband comes home from working all day, sees that you're still on the couch at 5:45 p.m. and decides to take care of dinner. Steak, baked potatoes, grilled zucchini, and a lovely bottle of Cabernet sauvignon.
… you're exhausted and want nothing more than to climb into bed right after dinner, but you're the mom - so the children hunt you down and climb up on the bed, and the cats wander in and hop up on the bed, too, and the husband sits on the nearby armchair, so you have your bed and your family, and what can really be better than that?
… you find this on Pinterest and can only sit there and think, "YES" to every single one (click and zoom to enlarge or visit my Pinterest page):
… you come back from Spring Break after three weeks and everyone's done with school by 1:30, even the boy who was grouchy when he first woke up, but he snapped out of it and did what needed to be done like a mature human being.
… you strew your daughter's birthday gifts around the house throughout the day because you were too tired to wrap them the night before, and every time she finds something she shrieks with happiness and gives you a giant hug. Way better than one big anticlimactic, "Thanks, Mom & Dad!"
… your son comes home from an all-night gaming session (formerly known as a sleepover) and says he's played a geography game. "And, Mom, I see what you mean when you say that world geography isn't taught very well. We had to place flags on the countries or states. And we all knew the US states, but then it moved to Europe, and all they knew was Italy and France! They didn't even know England!" (And yes, I'm painfully aware that my kids know this at the expense of knowing American history… but I'm working on that. Really I am.)
… you call your sister and tell her that you're about to do something that is seriously going to piss off someone you both know, and she tells you that you're doing the right thing, anyway, and for the same exact reasons you had already said to yourself but didn't entirely believe.
So many good things each day. I just have to remember to write them down sometimes! What good thing happened to you lately?