It had been one of THOSE mornings. Where everybody overslept, nobody could find clean socks, and a full bowl of milk and cereal crashed to the kitchen floor, shattering into a million pieces. Where the kids moved too slowly. Where I yelled too much.
Getting three kids off to three different schools every morning was never easy, but that day was especially rough, and by the time we all piled into the car, everyone was in a bad mood.
I saw it before they did. As our car rounded the harbor near our house, there in all its glory, was a sunrise so spectacular, it took my breath away.
Without a second thought, I pulled the car off the road.
“Mom! Why are you stopping?? We’re going to be late!”
“Get out of the car,” I told them. “School will still be there in five minutes. THIS will not. We’re starting today over, right now.”
And so we did, huddled together at the edge of the water, watching the majestic colors change by the minute. It was impossible to watch and feel stressed. It was impossible to not be humbled by the sheer beauty of it.
I think it’s important to teach kids to be on time. But that day, it was more important to teach them that sometimes, in life, we just need a reset button. That sometimes, the most important thing you can do is take a few minutes to clear your head, to calm your soul…and to be grateful for the beauty that surrounds us, when we take the time to really see it.