Yesterday was interesting. Thank you God for bringing balance to my life---is all I gotta say.
Okay, you know me better than that. That's not all I'm gonna say. But it's true.
Yesterday was a teeter-totter. Yes. Like one of those see-saw things you used to play on at the playground. But let me explain.
We had this amazing morning at swim lessons. The birds were chirping. The sun was shining. She swam like a champ. And saw her best girlfriend, Finny. We headed to my sisters where I met my mom & sister-in-law for breakfast and some secret planning of future events. Eme played sweetly with her baby cousin that she adores to no end. More sun shining. More birds chirping. Good times.
Our normal day ensued. Lunch, naptime, and THEN is when it all happened. A series of misfortunate events. Yes, we'll call it that.
A play time of Emeline & Mac tossing his nylabone back and forth to one another (yes, Mac can throw...sort of) ended up with a heavy plastic bone accidentally bounced down the stairwell, landing on a shelf nailed into the wall, causing everything on the shelf to fall to the ground, INCLUDING THE SHELF--ripped out of the wall, nails, some drywall and all. Ca-rash. The 'uh-oh''s and 'I sowwy's' began.
A few minutes later I had the first-ever experience with catching your toddler drawing proudly.....on the walls. No worries though, it was only a PURPLE! FINE POINT! SHARPIE! In all seriousness, I'm glad it was fine point. Walking in on your toddler proudly beaming and exclaiming, "I drawin'!" is much cuter than I anticipated it to be. Also? Thank God for magic erasers, canIgetanAmen?
Minutes later, we were both in my bedroom. She had tugged at a cord to my heating pad that happened to be wrapped around the base of a tiered standing lamp next to my bed. It caused the entire base of the lamp to shift, sending the entire lamp crashing to the floor...the thick, glass dome at the top smashing into a million and one god-forsake pieces. Everywhere. It was the loudest boom/smash/crash ever. She was nowhere near where it fell, and neither was I--but holy big mess batman.
Within 45 minutes--this all occurred. By the third event? I was kind of in that "did this really just happen?" daze.
Knowing I already had a long evening ahead, since Declan was at a Phillies game after work, I had made plans with a girlfriend and her son, Emeline's age. Both of us had the daddy's/husbands out for the night and knew we'd need some company and to help pass the time. So to the mall we went.
The mall time was spent with us momma's telling a lot of half-stories. You know what I mean. You start a story, your toddler distracts you. You go back to story, your toddler distracts you. You pick up on your story again, your toddler distracts you. Chick-fil-a. In fact, it was a free chicken-strips day. FREE. Random yet engaging conversations about baby names with the employee (& the momma of 3) at BabyGap. Playground time. Our kids splashing in the fountain & throwing pennies in like they've done it forever. Our cute little 2 year old 'couple' holding hands in the mall and looking way too natural doing it. Chatting & laughing in the elevator until we both realized, minutes later, that neither one of us had ever pushed the button to go up--uh...duh. Ice cream and tickle/giggle fests. Out past bedtime. Loud Justin Bieber on the way home.
As I was carrying her up to bed to start her nighttime routine, I kissed her head and she affectionately snuggled into the nook of my neck. Without even hesitating I said, "We had a good day, didn't we?"
She replied, "Yesh momma" with the biggest, cheesiest grin. And then MY BRAIN started telling me, no! woman! do you remember what happened earlier? The Series of Misfortunate Events? Bad day. You had a bad day.
I shook that off quick because yes, despite those annoying things that happened, the accidents, and then the drawing-on-walls moment, it was a great day.
And I'm glad that the scripture "Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks"* quickly popped in my head--because it reminded me that I let my heart appreciate all those little, great, fun moments during the day. That despite the few nuisance things that happened earlier in the day, good won.