I started out my week with the full intention of taking the kids to a local indoor play center and getting some work done while they played. Unfortunately, when we got there, the set up of the space wasn’t quite what I had imagined. I was unable to sit down and work. Instead I ended up chasing my 1-year-old around, especially since there were other small kids there. If I had been there only with my 6-year-old, it wouldn’t have been an issue; she would have played alone and enjoyed her time. My Monday ended up being a day of getting no work done. But, the kids had fun!
That’s the way things go sometimes, right? We set out with plans to get something done and the day just doesn’t work out the way we wanted it to. Many times it’s frustrating; I know I can be bad about letting it get to me. But, in the end, there’s usually not much you can do about it. You just have to roll with the punches. You can either try to change your day’s plans to fit what life has thrown you or rehash the events and frustration. Don’t get me wrong – this is something I have to constantly remind myself. I do try my best, though, especially since I want to set a good example for my baby girl.
“The sun’ll come out
Bet your bottom dollar
There’ll be sun!”
These lyrics from the Annie soundtrack have become an important part of my conversations with her recently. I didn’t even do it on purpose. After watching the movie with her one day, she asked to check out the soundtrack from the library. As we listened to the CD in the car, I asked her if she knew what Annie meant in saying the sun would come out tomorrow. She didn’t, so I explained it to her. Ever since then, whenever she gets frustrated about something or disappointed about a part of her day, I remind her what Annie said. “The sun will come out tomorrow, remember?” She smiles and says, “Yes, I remember. Tomorrow’s another day!” And, so it is.
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