This is the 1%. This is
At least 50% of the time the children are screaming, crying, fighting, bargaining, whining, ignoring, and destroying.
Another 30% of the time they are sleeping.
At least 19% of the time they are at school, presumably being wonderful and smart for someone else. But I don't get to witness those wonderful moments.
But 1% of the time they are wonderful and sweet
- when the 3 year old does the sign of the cross mostly right at church without anyone's prompting.
- when the 7 year old says "Mom, I'm sorry you aren't feeling well."
- when the nearly 9 year old helps the baby walk down the stairs.
- when the 5 year old unveils his puppy-dog eyes and asks for a squishy hug.
I photograph and blog about the 1% because time will take the other 99% away and all I will be left with is that 1%. That 1% is what ensures our species will live on.