But I would also pause the bad times. Times when I am exhausted after a night up with a non-stop vomiter (yes, I just made that word up). I would pause to rest, to take a nap after a long week, catching my breath so that I have the energy for a fun Friday night. I would pause when asked a difficult question, giving me time to carefully consider my answer.
And lately, I would pause to cool down before my children witness another argument between their parents. I would pause so that we could all linger a little longer over the rare family dinners we try to have together. Most of all, I would pause to just slow this whirlwind down for us all.