I am on a tear today. A TEAR. I just went antiquing with my mom, and I don't think my mouth stopped running the ENTIRE TIME. And furthermore, look at the cheery topics I introduced during our pleasant relaxing outing:
1. One child is being a persistent jerk, and he's not stopping even when I Use My Words with him.
2. One child is a being a basketcase each morning before school, and it's now reaching into the evening when she starts dreading the next morning.
3. One child told us 10 minutes before his bedtime last night that he was supposed to have worked on a project over Thanksgiving break, and this is with us working to help him cope with his flakiness but apparently it's not WORKING. And then after I let/made him stay up until 10:00 to work on it, he LEFT IT ON THE COUNTER.
4. One child has anemia and it will probably be fine, but now that I'm WORRYING about it he looks all peaky to me, and also I feel like when I said to the doctor "we changed his diet, and as you can see there was no impact, so let's look for something else," he said "well, it's probably his diet, so let's work on that." I'm anxious to get to the next blood test, which isn't until January.
5. I'm reading The Gift of Fear, and I'm ALREADY SO GLAD I'm reading it and it has already given me some ideas that make me feel more ready to deal with situations---but it is a HIGHLY STIMULATING book and I had to tell my mom AT LENGTH about a scary/upsetting illustrating anecdote, and I kept CHOKING UP as I was telling it. Plus, I was VIGOROUS in my explanation of how the book was SO REMARKABLE, and that kind of thing is always tiring to listen to.
Plus-plus, as I was talking I was drinking a large coffee, and I was so distracted I drank it all, when my intention had been to drink half and save the other half for this afternoon. So imagine my voice increasing in both speed and volume as the blood-caffeine level increased.
Neither of us bought any antiques. I think we might have somehow gradually come to feel as if there was NO POINT IN ANYTHING BEAUTIFUL OR FUN.
Life-improving products, part 4 - (Continued from part 1, part 2, and part 3.) Stearns Youth Life Vest (photo from Amazon.com). I’d been too scared to take the kids to any body of water oth...