Saturday, October 23, 2010
My world overwhelmed me this morning. Nothing big, just little things but enough to frazzle me. Getting us all ready and out the door for swimming lessons. The never-ending clutter. Does leaving a box on the floor really mean that it has been put away? "Where are those red mittens? I don't have time to knit another pair of mittens before Monday's field trip." I grabbed my camera as I ran out the door.
A trip to the market for brunch after swimming may have filled our bellies but didn't do much to better the day.
I felt that every two minutes I was having to ask them to stop some inappropriate behaviour. Being surrounded by breakables in the gift shop didn't help. I don't like being that mother and to be honest, I don't often have to be. Maybe that's why I find it so frustrating when I seem to be pushed into it. I'm also pretty sure that they don't like having that mother with them either.
We left early from the market. It seemed to be the only way to end our present behaviour. (Yes, our behaviour. I'm not blaming it on them. It was just one of those days for all three of us.) To top off the trip, the stem on ournewly bought pumpkin broke as I was putting it in the trunk. I chased the pumpkin across the parking lot . . . downhill. Any other day I would have thought it was funny. not today.
And then on our way home, we saw this . . .
And next to the field was a playground.
Boy, did we need this. Suddenly the day became one where challenges were made and overcome. A day of firsts on the monkey bars.
They needed the time and space to run, jump, climb and sometimes tumble on their heads. I needed the time to breathe. We enjoyed each other again.
And his mittens? In his jacket pocket. smile