Two bits today......
From Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Strout:
But he wanted a whole bushel of them - grandchildren spilling everywhere. After all the years of broken collarbones, pimples, hockey sticks, and baseball bats, and ice skates getting lost, the bickering, schoolbooks everywhere, worrying about beer on their breath, waiting to hear the car pulling up in the middle of the night, the girlfriends, the two who'd had no girlfriends. All that had kept Bonnie and him in a state of continual confusion, as though there was always, always, some leak in the house that needed fixing, and there were plenty of times when he'd thought, God, let them just be grown.
And then they were.
I love this.
It spoke to me as a reminder that all of the craziness that we endure on a daily basis in our house will eventually not be so crazy. I feel like I'm a positive person most of the time.....but I often get stressed with the little ones. Always happy to find a little reminder like this to put things in perspective.
In 2008, I took all 3 kids to The North Pole in Cascade, Colorado. We visited Santa's Workshop, rode the rides and walked the park. It was stressful. 2 kids were in diapers. I struggled to push my double stroller up the steep hills and if I wasn't struggling up one of those hills, I was chasing a toddler down another. Obviously, my frustration was showing. While stopped at one of the darling exhibits, a lady and I chatted about insignificant things......I mentioned how stressed I was.....and she said, "There are worse places you could be. Relax. Enjoy your kids."
It was a pretty brave statement, but after 3 seconds of reflecting on it, I thanked her. I needed to hear that. I embraced the rest of our day, slowed down and let the kids be kids.
Sometimes, out of no where, we get these little bits of inspiration. Often, when we least expect it. Even more often, when we need it most.
*****note: Don't think I'm going soft, ladies. I'll be back tomorrow with my usual dose of snarkiness. Promise.