This post is sponsored by Happy Family, celebrating your unique happiness.
Mom here. Last night I watched the three of you climb all over each other in my bed. The covers were disheveled and a basket of laundry called for attention from the floor, but the best light of the day was spilling through the curtains, creating a perfect sun stage where you played. I watched as you all wrestled, arms tangling, laughter escalating, feet kicking, blond wisps of hair escaping, eyes squinting, sunlight dancing, and I felt it–that moment that happens every day–some days, over and over so many times, it’s near constant; some days, holding out for its one opportunity to shine, to be noticed for its magnificence.
And I want you to know about this moment because the world may lead you to believe that what’s in that moment comes in a package, in a perfect image tied like a carrot at the end of a stick, and that’s not true. It’s here, in this light, in this home, in this imagination. In the milky skin in the apples of your cheeks when you smile and even when you don’t. In the warmth of that hand touching yours, in your sister’s eyes, in your brother’s laugh that lightens the mood of a room. In the light on the puddle of those sheets, the colors of that floral print, in the hunt of the magic that is hidden in a hundred corners of this place, any place. This is happy.
This is what I want for you. Not a free pass from pain or a packaged image of a perfect life we can slip inside our Christmas cards each year. When I say I want you to be happy, it’s this. Little moments tucked in life, even when it’s hard or messy or difficult to understand. I want you to feel the little surge of goodness that comes from tasting the sweetest orange or hearing a good laugh or feeling the sun on your shoulders.
May you know these moments well. May you find them, create them and share them. May you celebrate the moments of others, however different from yours they may be.
THIS is happy.
On that note, this video from Happy Family is one of my favorite commercials I’ve seen in a while. I teared up, laughed and hit “play again” as soon is it was finished–a simple and beautiful representation of all the kinds of happies out there (and mom’s face when she sees the drawing her kid made of her–hilarious).
Happy Family is one of the largest and fastest growing organic food companies to offer a comprehensive line of nutritious foods for babies, toddlers, kids, moms-to-be and on-the-go adults (I think that hits ’em all). Their organic baby food pouches are not only great for babies but can be used in smoothies and baking recipes. How families define and achieve happiness varies greatly, and I love how their This is Happy campaign is encouraging families to embrace their individual ideas of what happiness means to them instead of comparing their ideas to others. As they put it, “All of life’s moments, both big and small, shared by families in even the busiest of times, capture the essence of happiness.” Hear, hear!
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