Thursday, October 19, 2006

Growing up and letting go

One morning earlier this week I was dropping the boy off at daycare. As we got out of the vehicle, these 2 little boys were walking with their teacher to the bus, getting ready to go to school. From the time they exited the daycare to the time they got on the bus, they were screaming across the parking lot, “Stinky Braden! Stinky Braden! Stinky Braden!” and just laughing their little heads off. I have no idea why they were calling him stinky. I thought to myself, “Maybe they are his friends and this is some sort of funny, inside joke.” I look down and he wasn’t smiling. He was frowning and looking at them as if he didn’t understand why they were calling him stinky. I realized that he knew they were making fun of him and it made me angry. Extremely angry. I said, “Oh, that’s REAL nice,” but I’m sure they didn’t understand my sarcasm. I turned to Braden and loudly said, “Gosh, Braden, I hope you don’t say things like that because that’s really naughty.” They were too busy laughing and yelling to even hear what I said. At that point the teacher finally turned his attention to them and his only admonition was, “Boys…” They got on the bus and left and I took Braden to his class and left for work. But I was furious and I stewed about it all day long. I called my husband and he stewed about it. I realize that as we grow up in life, we all get made fun of for one reason or another and it’s not necessarily something I’m trying to protect him from (just as when they are toddlers and you let them fall down and get hurt – not seriously hurt – so that when they are older they don’t completely fall apart at the slightest little pain). Yes, it stings, but it’s something we all have to learn how to handle. However, at the same time, we are trying to raise him to be nice and considerate of others and it would have been nice for him to see that if you DO choose to make fun of others, there will be consequences. All he learned in this case if that you can make fun of someone and get away with it. So when I picked him up from daycare I spoke to the director and got it all off my chest. She said she had a pretty good idea which little boys it was and that she would talk to their mothers and the teacher who drove them to school. That made me feel a little better, but now I have to deal with the fact that I was so angry that I actually WANTED to go kick some little 5 year-old asses. I wouldn’t have done that, obviously, but I so wanted to.

What’s the whole point to this post? I dunno, other than to say that sometimes it’s painful being a parent. It hurts to let go and let them grow. And it hurts to see them hurt, even when you know it’s going to happen sooner or later. But it's still worth it.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Urgent prayer request

I was browsing one of the regular blogs I read (I'm sorry, but I can't remember which one at the moment or I would link) and I found out about this little guy. Canon is a 4 year-old boy who had a heart transplant on September 16th. He is still in the hospital and not doing so well. As you can probably imagine, he needs a lot of prayers. For those of you who pray, please add him to your prayer list. Don't pray? Good thoughts and well wishes are great too.

Thank you.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Making my own happiness

I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching the past few weeks and I was inspired by a few phenomenal women whose blogs I read to try and be as happy as I can be. It was more or less a conscious decision that I would try to focus more on the positive in life and less on the negative. I wanted to do this mostly to set a good example for my children, but also because it’s damn depressing to dwell so much on the negativity and craziness of this world. And y’all, it’s working. There’s an incredible amount of crap going on in my life right now and instead of drowning in my tears, I’m reveling in the happiness. That doesn’t mean that I don’t have moments where I’m down or mad, but I seem to be recovering from them more quickly.

For instance, October 5th was our 15th wedding anniversary. The hubby had 15 of the biggest, most beautiful red roses I’ve ever seen delivered to me at work. Here’s a picture:

And while the actual anniversary day was overshadowed by what I will refer to as my husband’s incessant inability to make good decisions, my response to the bad timing of his decisions astonished me. I forgave him almost instantly. Don’t think for one minute that I didn’t voice my opinion and make my feelings on the matter abundantly clear. But afterwards, I found myself unable to stay mad at him because I was too happy to hold on to the anger. Freakish, no? He did make up for it by taking me to dinner and a movie on the weekend and we had a wonderful time. The in-laws came over to watch the kids and we had our first date in months. It was awesome.

I know we don’t have a perfect marriage and frankly, I’ve never seen anyone that does. And there have been many times when I have wanted to throw the dreaded “D” word around. Something has always stopped me. It’s funny but after we had our son I was determined to make it work no matter what because I thought a boy needs his father. Then after our daughter was born I changed my opinion and thought that it would be better to show her that women are strong and don’t need men to make them happy. We really don’t. But we can choose to be with the person that we love despite their faults and make the best of it. That is what I am doing – making my own happiness.