When we were raising our family, we were like most people: we both got up for work at different times and didn’t see each other for breakfast.
Lunchtime didn’t always work to get any more than a "How's your morning?" in for conversation. Evenings used to bring multiple activities with the children, usually out to school sports, clubs, or meetings. Supper was an attempt at gathering the family together long enough to say "Hello."
That was until the children got old enough to say, "I won't be there for supper." At that point, the evening became filled with volunteer activities. Homework got replaced by meeting notes and to-do lists.
When the children were small, we used to go to bed at the same time. Then it became whoever got up the earliest usually went to bed first. We both developed different 'Unwind from the day' rituals that usually didn't involve us doing anything together.
We would attempt to talk during the day to each other, but meaningful talk, that kind of talk that draws you closer together, was almost impossible. Kids and life just seemed to take priority.
Then, one Saturday morning, we rediscovered something we used to cherish when we were first married. We woke up early together, before all the activities of the day began, took an hour, laid in bed and talked. It was awesome. No interruptions.
Just a lazy start to the day, enjoying each other's company and talking about anything and everything.
Sometimes, you get so busy in life you forget to take time aside for some precious moments together. Or maybe, like us, you have stopped making it a priority. Life seems to get in the way. Talking together, just enjoying each other's company without interruption, whether lying in bed, or over a hot cup of your favorite drink before the interruptions of the day start, or even while sharing a meal out together while the babysitter takes care of the rest, is one of those precious moments.
This week, take time to plan some precious moments together. You’ll be glad you did. Enjoy!