Every morning the words "Love is patient" are the first words in my head. Now it's not voices I'm hearing, just words that come to my mind:) Yesterday I would have benefited from having the words written on my forhead. Now I am not saying that it was like Alexander's "Horrible, no good, very bad day." Let's just say it was one of the more challenging days that we mothers experience on occasion.
Bill must have sensed my day starting out "challenging" because he insisted on making me one of his delicious lattes that he knows I love. Sometimes Moms need a little caffeine to jump start their day and he was hoping that it would work directly on my attitude. He certainly doesn't walk on egg shells when he senses the tiredness creeping into my attitude -- he just kills me with kindness.
Well, it was one of those days where everything I tried to do only got finished half way. The laundry was washed, but unfolded. The dishes were washed, but not put away. And dinner, well, I didn't even think about it. I did manage to wash the floor only to have to wash it again after Ike managed to spill a glass of milk from one side of the room all the way to the other. I did clean the bathroom only to have to clean it again after Ike decided he'd try flushing the entire roll of toilet paper. I called Bill to see if he could come home for his break, but he was overwhelmed with work and also ended up having to work four hours of over time. I wanted to just sit down and cry, but I ended up going to bed instead.
The hospitals should offer breathing classes for life with child and newborn. I sure would go!
Anyway, I know a lot of my friends are in the same place in their lives and occasionally get overwhelmed with what is on their plate. I just want to encourage you to remember that love is patient and if we aren't patient with our kids then we aren't loving them as we ought to. We don't get our kids forever so enjoy your good days and make the best of the most challenging ones. Your kids are watching you so make sure you do your best to teach them by example what love really is -- patient and kind. So enjoy kissing those chubby cheeks and scrubbing the floors!