Yesterday was a bit tough and I learned some valuable lessons. On Sunday, my seven year old had taken a spill on skis which resulted in a pretty sizable cut on her face and a very swollen lip. When she woke up Monday morning, she was mortified that the blood she had seen after the fall had turned into a very unattractive scab. She then yelled at me because I had told her the blood would be gone the next day which she had taken to mean, there would be nothing there at all. Lesson one, I need to try to be understanding in these situations regardless of how frustrated I am. She's upset and embarrassed and simply wants to be mad. I've been there many times. Oh, and next time, I need to be more clear when I am explaining how something is going to turn out, no matter what I'm talking about. Later in the afternoon, my four year old refused to go into her gymnastics class, a class she has been in all year and for which she is on a team. This has happened several times over the past few weeks and yesterday I could no longer keep it together. So, I scooped her up and left in a fury, leaving behind her shoes and clothes which I decided were not worth getting, though I realized it did look a little strange walking her out with nothing on but a leotard in 30 degrees. Lesson two, let it go. I had tried every angle, debated every option, cried a little, and the bottom line was, she didn't want to do it. I had to let this one go, which is always hard for me to do. At the end of the day, I was tucking my older daughter in. She told me I looked sad. I said I was just worn out and had had a hard day. She looked at me dead on and said, "but mom, you got your run in, right?" I smiled and hugged her. I did get my run in and it was a good one. Lesson three, it's just not as bad as it seems.
Listen to this:
Strange Attractor - Animal Kingdom