The other day I was walking across the parking lot carrying my daughter when a car came so close to hitting us that I could almost touch the front bumper. I ran and that was the only reason we were not hit. The driver never stopped. I don’t think the driver ever saw me. The driver was clearly distracted.
Perhaps, they were distracted thinking about what they were going to have for dinner or how quickly they could get home so they wouldn’t miss their favorite show or maybe they were sending a text. I am not sure why. I just know that typically the things that distract us are not that important.
Several people stopped that day to see if I was okay, but not the driver. I was angry at first. But I later realized that could have been me. I drive very carefully but I can’t claim I have never been distracted. There have been times where my mind is wandering and of course there is the overabundance of electronics surrounding me.
Electronics are one of the biggest distractions with most of my friends and family. Cell phones, computers and TV make us forget to take time to play practical jokes on our spouse, write letters or take our pups for a walk every night! Ahh. The little things in life.
With the Mothers Day holiday around the corner it makes me pause and think how can I be more present with my daughter. She is growing up so fast and I don’t want to miss a moment. So I will start with tonight and turn off the TV, put my cell phone on vibrate and play with my daughter until the only thing that distracts me is making sure I don’t pee my pants from laughing so hard.