Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I have a sick child at home.
For me, as a stay-at-home mom, having a sick child immediately reorders the day's schedule. The To-Do list gets put away. The day now will center around a little one who needs endless games of Sleeping Queens, loaves of toast made with the crusts cut off, and someone to sit by her while watching the same movies we've all seem 100 times.
In the past, I always got a little panicked when my structure for the day crumbled during my first cup of coffee. I would put the To-Do list away but it never left my mind. I wouldn't say I'm a Type A person but I'm a B++ and I like my routines.
Today, I will embrace how flexible I am. I will concentrate on looking at this day as an unexpected gift to spend some time with someone I love, really engaging with her. I will be careful not to make her feel like a burden. I will bring my creativity and energy to bear on making her feel better and I will actively observe and celebrate myself being fluid. It occurs to me that things rarely go according to plan and this skill of remaining fluid is one of some serious importance*.
How will you greet the unexpected wrinkles in your day today?
(*Also? I will not beat myself up for having spent 45 years coming to that conclusion, but I will focus on the fact that I will never be too old to learn.)