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Color Me Surprised

There are moments in life that take your breath away. If you’re like me, those moments usually involve something beautiful I observe in nature or poignant words I read. This morning, Isabelle took my breath away with something seemingly small she agreed to do for me.

The two of us are away for a couple of nights at a local hotel to celebrate her upcoming birthday. This trip is supposed to be all about her. So, I was hesitant to ask Isabelle if she’d be willing to go to the gym with me so I could do my PT regimen at the hotel. But I asked. And she said yes!

I set Isabelle up in the gym’s lobby, which is nearby to where I am exercising, so I can keep an eye on her. I gave her my iPad with YouTube Kids on guided access. And then I walked away. I did squats on a Bosu, lunges, balancing on one foot, and step-overs. Now I’m on the recumbent bike — typing this — with a few stretches left once I’m off. And Isabelle hasn’t whined about being here once, which is completely out of character for her! My foot, and my heart, are grateful that she understood the importance of Mommy doing her PT today.


Early wishes for a happy new year to all of the Slicers reading this post!

18 thoughts on “Color Me Surprised

  1. Just two of you together – how lovely. It was very mature behavior from Isabelle to give you some space and time. I hope the time together was sweet and fun. Wishing you all love, health and joy for next year!

  2. Your post gave me a smile – from you going away together for her birthday to her giving you space to help you continue to heal. May your 2020 bring you added surprises from your growing girl.

  3. Little things like this fill our hearts with joy. Isabelle knows how important PT is for you you and gave the time you needed. Happy and Healthy 2020 to you and your family.

  4. That’s great! As a teacher, I am glad that your daughter has decided to stay calm during your much needed exercise 🙂 Sometimes I wish that my Kindergarten students would give me more moments of relaxation both for them and myself haha. Congrats on your happy moment!

  5. What a treat for the two of you to be away together, just the girls! Isabelle’s willingness to let you do your PT “whine-free” is evidence of her growing maturity. My daughter (age 33) joined me to go see “Little Women” last night. It’s so good!

  6. What a sweet gesture from your daughter! She sounds like such a kind soul. I also think that it is amazing that you have taken the time to get away, just you and your daughter.

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