Driving home tonight after celebrating our anniversary with an early movie and late dinner (by late, I mean any dinner not served at 5 p.m.), Captain Canada suggested we stop near our house and enjoy the sunset. He didn't have his camera with him, he just wanted to enjoy the sunset. We don't do this often. Actually we couldn't recall a time when we just enjoyed the sunset. Captain Canada's camera and his love of taking pictures have given new eyes. He notices little things, comments on bright colours, beautiful skies and things that strike him as unique. I think we all have these triggers that allow us see things with new eyes.
I see things a lot differently since I became a mom. Writing about being a mom since 2010 has even added another layer to these new eyes of mine.
My new eyes see running errands by myself as an absolute thrill. I don't care if I have ten stops to make because there are no kids to buckle and unbuckle at every stop. I will even meander down the aisles of a drug store even when I need absolutely nothing because I can.
My new eyes appreciate my out of home job so much more. Four days a week, I get to eat lunch with adults, pee alone and not worry about what my kids are up to.
My new eyes cherish any sleep that lasts longer than 7:00 a.m.
My new eyes appreciate fresh air, green space and beaches so much more than before. We spend so much more time outside and there is so much to appreciate and love about where we live.
My new eyes find little things to look forward to like a hot latte and watching a new episode of Modern Family with Captain Canada.
My new eyes see bubbles floating against a bright sky as a masterpiece that should be enjoyed by chasing those bubbles down and popping them one by one as they float up to the universe.
My new eyes see two little people who look like me and act like me (which scares me sometimes) who I love to bits and bits.