Getting a handle on things (again) …

Thank goodness we managed to put Christmas away before the plague hit our home. For me, it’s bad enough having to let the little things go around the house when we are all under the weather. But if Christmas was still out I might have lost my marbles by now, HA! Anyway, today is another day when the kids and I are feeling pretty good. YAY! So I’m hoping this day gets us back on track mind, body and home!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you get a handle on things (again)!!!

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The party’s over …

The day after Christmas has always left me with a particular feeling. It’s not an unpleasant feeling, at least I don’t think so. It’s just different than the hurried excitement that came with the past few weeks. This is a feeling of welcomed rest. Ahhhhh …

Well, I hope you all have a day where the party’s over!!!

Playing hooky …

I don’t like to leave the house after December 23. My family will attest to this. We usually host Christmas Eve so this works. I much prefer being cozy at home than fighting crowds and traffic. But that means I have to have ALL my holiday shopping and errands done a day before. This is usually not difficult for me. But this year I have failed miserably! So much so that my family is rallying to help me get it all done. Sid even decided not to work at our shop today which is HUGE. This kid never misses work! And I appreciate her help even HUGE-ER.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you feel like playing HOOKY!!!

Forgiveness …

I did something today that I don’t often do with strangers who offend me. I do it easily for the people I know and love. But I’ve never really done it for someone I don’t know. It really made me think and made me want to change my ways. I’ll get to it, but let me first share what happened to me around noon today.

Unfortunately, I had an encounter with … let’s call her … ROAD RAGE LADY. For the record, I use the term “lady” VERY loosely. Typically when I have these types of interactions I BRIEFLY wonder what gets people to THAT level of enragement. Then I move on with my happy life.

Anyway, about 20 minutes later I had a lovely interaction with a young woman who was my cashier at a local department store. She said that she liked the pattern of the SIXTEEN Christmas cookie plates I was purchasing. I figured that she probably thought it was a little nutty to be buying so many cookie plates, HA! So I explained.

A few years ago I started a tradition with Reese’s teachers, aides and therapists. Every Christmas I give them a new Christmas cookie plate and other treats. After explaining, this young woman immediately said that she loved our tradition. She then shared with me that her nephew was born very prematurely and has many therapists as well. She said that she and her sister were trying to brainstorm Christmas present ideas for her nephew’s therapists. She said that she was excited to share our tradition with her sister and thought that it might be something that she would want to start too. This sweet woman thanked me profusely and then we wished each other well. I left the store with a smile on my face … and then I remembered ROAD RAGE LADY.

And I actually felt badly for her.

Just 20 minutes after experiencing her anger (screaming, honking and fists slamming against her steering wheel) I was blessed by a woman who freely shared her life with me. We connected, albeit briefly, because of two very special children and a village of therapists and helpers who are appreciated beyond measure. I was reminded, in that moment, that my life is filled with an abundance of good souls. And I was overwhelmed with gratitude.

It took me a while to process the good and the bad that had just rapidly entered my life. I thought about the balance of all of it and it made me laugh. Life can be so weird sometimes. And then, I found myself moved to pray for ROAD RAGE LADY. I didn’t just go on with my happy life this time. I thought about her and her fury. And then I prayed that she be blessed with an abundance of good souls in her life too. After all … we are all human.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you forgive someone who you don’t even know!!!

Norton the no-nose snowman …

If you ask my family and friends, they will tell you that I name EVERYTHING. People. Cars. My boot when I broke my foot.

OK, fine. I name everything.

That being said, I went to a store today and saw something disturbing. Two snowman bath soaps with a half missing noses. You’d think this wouldn’t be so bad. It was. What remained of their noses looked like big sad frowns. They were the saddest little snowmen I’ve ever seen. And … a little creepy. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to adopt them or run from them. Actually, I did neither. But still. I thought about it. And strangely, I can’t stop singing a Christmas carol that instantly popped into my thoughts. Again. I name everything.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you sing Norton the no-nosed snowman!!!