Motherhood

What’s Bringing You Joy Right Now?

toby goddard-williams

Last night, I was walking home from the grocery store when the cutest thing happened…

Twenty minutes earlier, ominous clouds had blown in, and I’d dashed out to get milk and bananas, hoping to make it back before the skies opened up. But while I was in the store, the rainstorm began and I knew I’d be soaked by the time I walked home.

I decided to make a run for it and splashed through the puddles. Suddenly, I looked up and saw a little figure running down the block. As he got closer, I realized it was 10-year-old Toby!

“Mommy!” he shouted over the rain. “I knew you didn’t have an umbrella so I came to rescue you!” He held out his umbrella and I ducked underneath.

My heart burst! It was one of those sweet parenting moments that makes all the distance learning, grumpy mornings, sibling squabbles and whiny moments fade away. During these challenging times, these little things matter more than ever.

toby

What have your silver linings been these days? What has brought you moments of joy? Yummy dinners? Favorite movies? A great book? (I just finished Silver Sparrow and adored it; now I’m reading Just Mercy.)

P.S. Toby and Anton in conversation, and when Toby went on a date.

  1. Tricia says...

    This is so sweet. I know you will cherish it forever. I have a similar story. My mom worked when I was young at part time jobs. She took the train home if my dad wasn’t able to pick her up. I always drove with him when he picked her up. On the days she took the train I would walk to the train station so she didn’t have to walk home alone. She told me years later she loved seeing my face when she came out of the train station. It was a little thing for me but meant so much to her. I only had her for 30 years. She was my best friend and I adored her. She has been gone for 34 years and I miss her every day.

    • Laura C says...

      Oh Tricia that is really lovely! What a thing to know how much you cheered your mom. ?

  2. Laura C. says...

    Aww my heart Jo!!!

  3. Katie says...

    I wasn’t feeling great recently, really boisterous headache. I went to my dark room with an ice pack for a bit. When I opened my eyes 2 hours later, I found next to me a cup of then cooled tea with a handwritten note…”hope this helps, feel better! Love you.” (Signed my 17-year old son!) Yep, my big burly 6’4” baseball loving, video playing teenage son. I’m not sure what helped the most, the nap, the ice pack or knowing that my son is a kind human being.

    • Hannah says...

      I love this. I hope my sons turn into kind humans as they get older too.

    • Ancy says...

      I cried reading this! And I am a 26 year old, child free woman!

  4. Debbie says...

    What a sweet boy, that Toby. He’s going to grow up to be a loving, wonderful and caring young man.

    I have a heavy heart, our daughter just went back to NY, she was with us since early March. I’m missing her so much.

    When I can muster up the strength, nature has been good to me. Riding my bike or hiking, nature always comes through.

  5. Hi Jo. I went to the Motor Vehicle Bureau to renew my license yesterday. It was for the new Travel ID one so an eye test was needed as well as a lot of proof that I am me. There were several people on line (with social distancing and masks I’m happy to say) waiting as well. When I took the eye exam everyone cheered and I jumped for joy. A simple stop at the MVD was a fun adventure.
    LOVE the sweet story you shared about your son. Warmed my heart.

  6. katie says...

    Ok, this was an adorable Toby moment for sure. Here are a few of my own with my 2.5 yo, Jonah. We’ve always told Jonah we love him. He heard it every day and would *sometimes* say it back. But lately it’s like it’s clicked for him and he has started to say it unprompted to me and I know he understands what he’s saying because he’ll hug me while he says it and oftentimes snuggles into me and will say, “Mama, mama, mama!” after he says, “I love you.” Gah…it is heart meltingly sweet. He’s also finally at an age where you can sort of have a little conversation with him. Our daycare here reopened back in early June and I love picking him up and asking what he did that day. “I play with cars…I play with Tempesst…Jiho got booboo…” I love hearing what he found notable about his day.

    • Shayna Rodriguez says...

      I have an almost 2 year old Jonah and he’s also telling us “I wud you” – it’s the best! Shoutout to Jonah moms!

  7. Natalie says...

    Floating in my pool the other day after a long run . I heard the two most beautiful birds that took me to what felt like a tropical island . Pure bliss !!