A BIG SIGH of relief …

I woke up this morning feeling something I hadn’t in a very long time. RELAXED. Sidney has been home from college for about a month now. George graduated from high school last night. Libs and Reese have their last day of school today. Our absolutely exhausting, unpredictable, and stressful school year is OVER. There were many times when I wondered if we were going to make it out of this one unscathed by our circumstances. It was a tough one. This past week one particularly memory has come to mind time and time again.

I was just recently out of the hospital. On top of everything else my vision was terrible even with my glasses on. Between the medications and being so sick everything was just a blur. But there George and I were, sitting in front of his computer finishing up his college applications. I remember thinking HOW? How exactly are we going to get from HERE to THERE? And what if we didn’t? The worry was incredible. So much “hinged on” those applications. Too much to even imagine the loss. He needed my guidance. He needed my help. No excuse was good enough. It all had to get done and it had to get done then. His future wasn’t going to wait for me to feel better and for me to see clearly again. So we did what we had to do and got them done despite our obstacles.

And here we are. Many months later. Sid home for summer and soon to be entering her Junior year in college. Libs with a Distinguished Scholar Award for keeping a 4.0 her Freshman year. My Reese thriving and ready to take on 2nd Grade. And George, a high school graduate leaving for college in just two short months. I can’t believe we got from THERE to HERE. Their resilience amazes me. They persisted and it all paid off. We made it. THEY made it.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you breathe a BIG SIGH of relief!!!

The weight of the world …

Sid was discharged from the hospital last night and I was once again reminded that facing a stressful situation doesn’t just take its’ toll on you emotionally. It can place a huge physical burden on you as well.

When we left the hospital last night and our back tires hit the asphalt of the street I was shocked to feel what I did. It was physical. A heaviness lifted off of my body. It was so profound that it took my breath away. At that very moment my mind AND body both realized something. This ugly chapter was closed. This terrifying experience behind us … forever.

Well, I hope you all have a day where the weight of the world has been lifted from your shoulders!!!

Unkinked …

It is always a priority, if not a necessity, of mine to make it to a yoga class within a day or two of a race or long run. I tend to be pretty knotted up but the time the class rolls around. My shoulders and back usually ache. And of course, my legs and hips are tight and stiff. I am pretty sure I could pass for Frankenstein’s sister if you saw us walking side by side, HA! I can’t even fathom what others in my class think of me and the mess that I bring in. I’m thinking whimpering mannequin is a pretty accurate guess. Yikes. But boy oh boy, after going to class I feel like a different woman. Ahhhh, the relief!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you get unkinked!!!