I've finally learned to accept the fact that every day has "sweets" and "sours" (thanks to my friend Tara who wrote a great article for The Power of Moms called, "But What Would My Sour Be?")
Here's a "sour" from last week:
I was having one of those mornings where I was trying to do too many things at once. I wanted to exercise, clean the house, read with my children, and get everyone looking presentable and out the door by nine. It didn't happen.
During our morning clean-up, I asked my daughter to please go out to the garage to clean up her pencil shavings (that somehow got dumped all over the place). When she got out there, she saw that the freezer door had been left open, and water had leaked all over the floor. We spent the next 20 minutes emptying the freezer, mopping up water, and trying to be nice to each other--even though we were all feeling quite cranky.
But then later that day, I had this "sweet":
We went to the park to play baseball, and my daughter Grace picked this dandelion bouquet for me. I said, "Thank you, Grace, but I don't have anywhere to put it right now." She said, "Just put it in your pocket!" So I did.
Every time I looked down, I saw this sweet little gift poking out of the pocket of my jeans. I couldn't help but smile and think, "This is what motherhood is all about."
Today is another day. I know there are going to be sours, but I also know there are going to be many, many sweets. You can't have one without the other, and I wouldn't trade them for anything.