Occasionally while we eat dinner together I play a little game with the kids and ask them to tell me about their best moment of the day and their worst moment of the day. It's always interesting to hear best/worst moments or "good thing/bad thing" from a child's view, and even how different they can be in the context of a boy versus a girl, or a pre-teen versus a second grader.
I've been playing a little game of Good/Bad with myself this evening as I think over the past few days and how incredibly busy I have been. It never hurts to slow down for a few minutes and keep things in perspective.
Bad: There are days when I miss seeing some of my old coworkers on a regular basis and I long for the camaraderie of working toward a common goal with them.
Good: I have a standing weekly coffee date with friends which gives me something to look forward to, and a place to connect with a couple of amazing women (also wives and moms).
Bad: The longer I am home, the more I realize needs to be done here.
Good: I have the time and - little by little - we have the resources. And I am healthy and able to take on many projects myself (or with the help of a friend or two).
Bad: Sam received yet another disciplinary ticket on the school bus this week, thus banning him from riding said bus for the rest of the school year.
Good: We get to sleep in another hour every morning.
Bad: Somehow Ladybug's lead came unlatched from her collar today and she took off.
Good: She had a good run and came back!
Bad: She's dirty and she stinks like swamp water.
Good: Uhhh ... she came back!
Bad: Both of the kids need summer clothes. Sam's shoes are about to fall off his feet. Rachel has only a few pairs of short pants that fit her, and with the warm days we've been having, every day she is searching for something appropriate to wear.
Good: They can make it to the end of the school year, even if I have to do laundry every other day for the next two weeks. Then we'll have to go on a bit of a shopping spree.
Bad: I miss my husband somethin' awful.
Good: He has a job. He's two states away because he goes where his job goes.
Bad: The kids miss him, too.
Good: As soon as school is out we get to go stay with him.
Bad: We're coming back so Sam can go to summer school.
Good: Ummm. I get to spend some quality time with Rachel while Sam is in school? Yeah, there aren't a lot of great points about summer school. My hope is it will prepare him a bit better for middle school. And that's all I'm going to say about that.
Bad: I'm so tired I can hardly think. Makes it hard to stay focused.
Good: I'm so tired I can hardly think. Makes it easy to fall asleep at night.
And with that, I think I hear my pillow calling me.