Jennifer Aniston was asked in an interview once about her childhood. She said there was lots of laughter in her home growing up. Wow. Someone with a happy childhood. And a Hollywood someone at that.
But it made me stop and think. How will my children describe the atmosphere in our home when they are grown? I want them to look back and see a happy childhood and a home that was filled with love and laughter. Too often our house is filled with yelling and impatience.
Children bring laughter and happiness wherever they are, but often I am so focused on the daily duties I’m trying to accomplish that I miss out. I forget to have a sense of humor.
This is something I need to work on. I’m trying to be more conscious of taking time to laugh and make the atmosphere in our home more conducive to fun and happiness. Things don’t have to be perfect or even okay in order to have fun and laugh. I need to laugh in the chaos, laugh at the chaos. And laugh at myself. I tend to take myself too seriously.
I want my children to look back on these years fondly. I know I can’t control my children’s perceptions, but I want to do my part to make these fleeting moments as joy-filled as possible. Big hot mess and all.