Thursday, July 17, 2014
Day 6 of 100 Days of Good Karma.
I sat curled in a ball on the couch trying to read a book while the kids fought over what seemed like the zillionth little thing today.
Bed springs creaked from the other room. Hannah yelled, “Connor, quit jumping on my bed!”
“But it’s bouncy!”
Creak. Creak. Creak.
“Connor I don’t want you jumping on my bed for three reasons.” From my corner of the couch I imagined her ticking the points off on her fingers. “One, you’ll jump on my stuffed animals. Two, you could land on my American Girl Doll. Three, you could land on my American Girl Doll and break her.”
Creak. Creak. Creak.
“Connor, you’re not listening!”
Connor ran into the living room where I was massaging my temples with my fingertips.
“Mommy, I wish there was something bouncy to jump on. Hannah won’t let me jump on her bed.”
I knew they needed to get out of the house, but I didn’t want to go anywhere. It was raining. I had laundry to do. I wanted to read my book.
And, oh yeah, I have cancer.
All of these thoughts (especially the last one) flew through my head while Connor rolled around on the floor like a Labrador in need of a brisk two-mile run.
“There’s nothing to do!”
And suddenly, today’s silver lining struck me.
Silver Lining: kids don’t wallow.
They might whine and sulk and fight.
But they don’t wallow.
I sighed and mentally stepped into my mommy panties. “You want to go to the trampoline park?”
The answer was a resounding ‘yes!’
So that’s what we did. We went to the trampoline park. It is amazing how jumping on trampolines for an hour can improve your mood.
Later Hannah looked at me over frozen yogurt and, completely unprompted, said, “Thank you, Mommy.”
I told her she was very welcome. Really, I should have been thanking her. Not a bit of this last week has been easy. Not one single, solitary moment. I didn’t want to admit it, but I was so deep in my own self pity I forgot to have fun.
But kids don’t wallow. They don’t have time for that.
So I don’t either.
What’s your silver lining today? I love comments!