A line in a Dr. Seuss book …

This morning’s laughter started early here. Which is always a good way to begin the day! To be honest, I was so sleepy when I woke up that I’m not really sure what happened was all that funny. But it certainly got me going, so I’ll take it.

Despite waking up before my alarm clock went off this morning I just laid in my bed until the last possible minute. Libs usually gets herself up, but I always make sure she is up by a certain time. She has a range of when she likes to get up. But because I didn’t want to get up, I pushed it to the very end.

Now, I have been known to wake my kids up in silly ways, with songs, etc. but today was not one of those days. I had one job to do in my groggy state and that was to tell Libs what time it was and that she needed to get up and start getting ready for school. No fun or funniness planned just sharing some pertinent information. And that is exactly what I did … and then I immediately started laughing.

LIBBY LU, IT’S 6:42!

OK, maybe it’s not that funny to randomly find yourself rhyming when you are wide awake and it’s the middle of the day. But it sure was when I could hardly keep my eyes open! Libs just looked at me and shook her head. I’m sure deep down she thinks I waited until that exact time, just so I could say it that way. But I promise, I didn’t! I guess after 17 years of waking my kids up with laughter, being funny just seems to come naturally.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you sound like a line in a Dr. Seuss book!!!

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Changed for the better …

I have been fighting a cold all week. Yuck. Unfortunately this little virus has made the residual fatigue left from the meningitis, that much worse. Sadly, I had this problem before. For the first few years, after my initial bout, anytime I’d catch a minor cold I would get very fatigued and experience stiffness in my neck. Yuck, yuck. But it’s OK, it passes. It’s also a good reminder that I’m still not 100% myself yet. “Good” meaning that it reminds me that I still need to cut myself some slack regarding my recovery. I can be very impatient with myself. If I’ve learned one thing from recovering from this virus (twice) it’s that it teaches you to be patient. To slow down. And be kind to yourself. It’s truly a life lesson in self care. Or two, in my case. HA! Anyway, my kids know that I’ve been struggling a bit this week and have been great. They have kept me laughing and have been super helpful. These kids have such kind hearts. I am truly blessed.

Last night Libs and I stayed up later than we had hoped to. We were pretty busy and at the end of our night when we were chatting we both realized that time had gotten away from us. It was late and we both needed sleep! I set my alarm clock and fell straight to asleep. I woke up once at 2 am and fell back to sleep right away. Which is unusual for me. Sadly, if I wake up, I’m up! Another indicator that I am not feeling like myself. 

Well, the next thing I know it’s 6:25 am! I accidentally set my alarm for 6:30 am, not 5:30 am. Ugh! I bolted from my bed to make sure G3 and Libs were awake but what I found completely shocked me! Both kids were not only awake and ready for school, Libs had already left! She even remembered that she has her first a physical therapy appointment this afternoon and brought extra clothes to change into. HOLY MOLY!

Now granted, Libs and G3 are teenagers in high school but this completely blew me away. There were days early in my recovery that they had to be quite independent. But as I got better we started to assume the same routines again. I guess it all stuck with them. Their independence has surprised me time and time again since October. Which is GREAT since G3 leaves for college in August. Their compassion and their ability to read when they need to “step it up” to help another person has been incredible. My kids had great hearts before I got sick, but since then, it has made them so much more in tune with the needs of others. And they willingly put themselves out, to help.

Meningitis is an awful unpleasant terrible experience that I wouldn’t wish on anyone. But I can’t deny that it has positively influenced all of us. It has fostered determination, independence and compassion. Things that I never thought that we lacked in our hearts. Which you would think should frustrate me, but it doesn’t. Why?!?! Because I know that no matter how “evolved” we think that we may be, God can still prepare us for even bigger things. Things that we can’t see or understand without change. And I like that. I like knowing that God has more planned for us and that we aren’t done becoming the people we are meant to be. For me, it makes all the struggles … worth it.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you change for the better!!!