It was so lovely to chat with you today. Thank you for sharing a little snippet of your life.
I enjoyed talking about how you were running late as you’d forgotten to set your alarm, having turned it off for the public holiday. How you rushed to get your children ready. How your son pooped without his nappy on, resulting in an emergency bath when you were already late (typical!). About co-sleeping; breast feeding, your difficulties with day care. How you accidentally burnt down your kitchen!
But what stood out the most for me was that, among all the chaos, you made a conscious decision to let it go. You were late anyway, there was no point being both late and stressed.
What I didn’t tell you was that, although it was only 8:30AM, I was already having one of ‘those’ days. I’m usually quite good at ignoring the little hiccups and going with the flow, but my usual positive attitude can be torn apart in seconds when a lack of sleep catches up with me. I would have quite enjoyed some extra sleep this morning, but Lilly had other plans.
I walked to my parents’ house at 7:30AM in an attempt to get my daughter to sleep. She was already tired, having woken up far too early. That plan failed and we arrived with tears of exhaustion. My dad greeted me by saying ‘I heard you’ve been grumpy.’ Thanks dad. ‘Are you ok?’ might have been a nicer way to start the day.
But your positive attitude reminded me to check in on mine. In reality, my day wasn’t so bad. It was 8:30AM. I’d already played with my daughter and had a nice morning walk. I still had the whole day ahead of me. I could easily have spent the day feeling grumpy; but you turned that around for me.
Thank you for reminding me that I am not alone in this chaos.
The little things do matter, but, as always, it is how we look a them that matters most.
I hope I see you again. You seem like my kind of person.