Thursday, March 04, 2010
it's like living with a ray of sunshine
"Jen? Are you crying?"
"Why are you crying? What happened?!"
"I'm just SO sad."
"Why are you SO sad?"
"Because I'm thinking about our babies growing up and going to elementary school this summer and they'll be gone all day. What are we supposed to do when they're gone ALL DAY?"
"I dunno. Take a nap? Get stuff done? Enjoy the peace and quiet?"
"You don't get it, do you?!"
"Get what? The kids are going to school! They'll be happy! We'll be happy! How could things be any better?! Life is great!"
"But they're starting elementary school! This is just the beginning! Because then it's middle school and high school and then they'll be moving away! You and I won't be with them every minute of every day anymore. And what if someone tries to take them? There are predators everywhere trying to steal children. They're looking for someone right now that's been trying to lure school children in San Diego. What if someone grabs them? What if they're teased? What if they're feeling left out? What if they're cold, hungry, or need to use the bathroom? What if they get in with the wrong crowd? What if they fall down and get hurt? What if......"
"Jen, WHAT IF you took a deep breath and let go of that anxiety because this is the natural progression of life and instead of trying to control the future - which you cannot control - why don't you take that energy and focus it on enjoying the moment?"
"Because I... I... I ... I'm worried about my children! Clearly more than you!"
"Look, it's a beautiful day and I'm taking the kids on a bike ride. What are you going to do?"
"Okay then. I'll make cookies when I get back and give you a foot rub. Maybe that'll help cheer you up?"
"How did I get so lucky?"
"I don't know. But you sure did. Because I'm pretty frickin' frackin' awesome."