This one should really be: Afternoons at the markets with my little Ms 3 and a half. Because that's what I'm really grateful for. And to truly appreciate this I feel a bit of background is in order.
The start of my relationship with my daughter was surrounded by trauma. We got off to a rocky start and I wondered if we'd ever truly bond. And then when her little brother arrived it felt like we would never get any mummy / daughter bonding time. But as time has moved things have changed - as is usually the case. The baby didn't stay a baby, schedules were freed up and a conscious effort has been made for some bonding time with my girl.
So every Sunday we go to the markets in the afternoon - because that's when you get the best bargains. Aside from all the lovely produce, it is absolutely wonderful watching Ms 3 carefully counting limes into the bag, exclaiming about how much she loves kiwi fruit, asking if we need tomatoes this week and reminding me to get oranges because "they're daddy's favourite!".
And, despite being super busy, life seems slower at the markets. Even if it's just for an hour there's nothing else I need to be doing. I can answer questions: What's that? Is it yummy? Who's that man? Why are you buying that? Why aren't you buying this? Can we go home now?
But the absolute best part of our afternoons at the markets is this: Ms 3 kept sneaking up to me and holding my hand because there were so many people around. She NEVER wants to hold my hand so this was super special. I'm truly looking forward to many more afternoons at the markets.
Limes picked out and counted by Ms 3
What is the gratitude challenge? I set myself this challenge as a way of maintaining some mindfulness and gratitude, but also to help me take time each and every day to focus on my writing.
I would welcome anyone else who wants to join the challenge. The rules are simple: Start at a and work your way through to z. You must do one each day, include a photo and they must be at least 2 paragraphs - after all the idea is to work on your writing not just your gratefulness.