(special thanks for this one go to Sue Black. Give her a visit! http://sueblack1.wordpress.com/ )
I knew today wouldn’t go well. Just felt it in my bones last night. Had a headache and feeling of dread.
Too many things to do. How many balls can a girl juggle? Went to bed swimming in obligation.
Monday morning brought usual tumult. Question is, who to take care of? Dogs get walked first. And then? Wake boys? Wake husband? Prepare breakfast? Shower?
Visit from mother-in-law means no homework done. Papers waiting up in my backpack. I hauled the boys in to school. The monkeys on my back tagged along.
Who greeted me at school today? Meetings, changes in schedule, random requests. Is there any time to sit? Not still.
Meetings follow classes. Classes follow meetings. My A-game was shot. Somehow, I couldn’t win. Newly photocopied tests were hidden by gnomes. Any papers I needed just vanished. Pencils disappeared. Technology tools went poof. A student suggested gnome traps. It was too late to save me. Sadly, they got my sense of humor. Forget the B-game. I’d even settle for my C-game. No dice today.
After school, it’s meeting time. Tricky subjects await. All were present, including powers that be. I notice that tongue-holding isn’t my strength. Not today.
I leave for the next hurdle: hockey practice. I wanted to be whiny and tearful. My children beat me to it.
What if you don’t see the light? How do you salvage a day? What happens when gratitude hides?
You wait for a good snow. Step out of the car. Look into the wind. Open your mouth. Try to get the flakes to fly in. Try to get snow on your tongue. Some will hit. Some will land on your cheeks. Some will fly up your nose.
Most of the time, it misses. But watch, just watch. Sometimes you can catch it just right.
When you do, look around. Joy and Wonder may be standing near. And with them, Gratitude. But be careful. Don’t get too distracted. The gnomes are waiting. And they just got your car keys.