Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The plumber. one of our heroes, is on the speed dial...

I relish our new home, it is beautiful and there are still moments that I walk around a corner to our living room or lay down in my bed and look at the ceiling and think "wow, I can't believe this is my house." Then days like today happen and I think, "ugh...I can't believe this is my house..." contextually very different! The bug man came on Tuesday morning to spray for the ants crawling in the master bath and now, today, again with the plumbing! The nice man that came to fix it (again) ran the damn snake through the whole damn house. I told the hub, "the house it getting roto-rooted" and that was the darn truth! You could hear the snake being drilled into the house through the pipes...lets just say that nap time didn't happen for J, too much going on!

I'd like to say that I am resilient and adept at handling challenges and transitions and change; but the hard truth is I am just not the hero I'd like to be. I have this wonderful friend that is the QUEEN of challenges, she is as everlasting as grocery store birthday cake icing. That deliciously layered on confection that is always sweet and never goes bad, ever...that's her! No matter what heads her way, she laughs in the face of it all, she stays sweet always- she is one of my heroes! (Steph if you're reading this, I love you!) If I could ever have a super-power, I would want the ability to handle it all, all the time, with no stress, no tears, and no need for ice cream or retail therapy. Nevertheless, here I sit eating out of the ice cream carton and wishing for a new pair of impractically beautiful shoes. Ever seen the cartoon where the snowball starts out just perfect snowball fight size at the top of the hill, but by the time it reaches the bottom of the hill it is the giant-sized, tree-engulfing, people-swallowing snowball? That is my today. How do I get out of this giant snowball? I need a hero.

Speaking of heroes, we talked about heroes today during homeschool. We were reading this book about what a hero is and it goes through all these day to day examples, leading the reader to the point that everyone can be a hero to someone. So, I take a moment to ask my son, my student, who is his hero. He looks at me and says, "Dad." I ask our little guy the same question, as he looks on approvingly at his brother he says, "My hero is Bub!" (Bub is what he calls his big brother). As the tears well up in my eyes at the sweetness of it all, I look at my big kid and say "What do you think of that? Did you know you're his hero?" How many of us can point to a person in our lives that is a true hero? I am constantly surrounded with people that seem to be doing rather heroic deeds in the everyday life, unaware of just how amazing they are! It is at moments like today where the most simple task or gesture that makes life incrementally easier; that person is just doing what they always do, but to the one stuck in the snowball -I see a hero!

So, to the everyday heroes that go about their day, doing what they always do...more than likely, there is someone out there that thinks you're pretty darn special for doing what you do! You will notice, neither one of my children said their hero was their "MOM"...funny how that works, huh? Well, I know for sure, my Mom is a hero! :) Maybe its one of those "they'll appreciate me one day" things? LOL!

Prayers for a better day tomorrow. Love and blessings to all!

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