Friday, April 10, 2009

You just gotta let 'em go

There are some things that you just have to ignore, then you look the other way and make no bones about them. You just gotta let 'em go.

Like when your existing and new wood floors--which take up the majority of your main floor--have been sanded down and treated, and you're told to keep your feet your children's feet off them until they dry. For two days in a row. Even though you don't want to load everyone up in the car and spend the entire day away, again, you just do.

And then you let it go.

Or, like when your MIL invites you and the children over to her place--which is over an hour away--on a day when said floors are drying, you get all excited because you know it's supposed to be a gorgeous day and you imagine how much fun everyone will have playing outside in her wonderful backyard on her playset. Except, your oldest daughter ends up showing major signs of illness. So, you spend most of the day snuggling inside while trying to nurse her back to health.

You just let it go.

Or, like when you realize your daughter's tonsils are as big as kumquats on steroids, so you and your MIL load everyone up and take her in to the Fast Care clinic in the closest grocery store near your MIL's home town. Then you're told she has strep. And you're asked if you have any other children at home that your daughter might have passed it on to.

You just let it go.

And while you're waiting for her prescription, you walk around the store looking for fun, soothing consumable treats to cheer up your kumquatie daughter. Like frozen fruit on sticks. While you wait for your prescription, you two sit together and slurp lime and strawberry popsicles. Then when you return back to your car full of children--that your MIL is watching--you realize that you would have a bigger situation to deal with if you were to withhold the frozen fruit sticks from your other children. So you cheerfully unwrap one for each child and then... just...

...let it go.


Angela said...

Oh my goodness! I know exactly what you are saying. Anyway, didn't mama say "there'd be days like this." ;) It's all part of the journey.

Following Him said...

What a great would just have all of this happen at once...wouldn't be your life if it didn't! WoW...popsicles in the car...BRAVE!
Happy Easter!

Pam said...

I read your tweets from earlier when this was all goin' down. All I can say is God Bless You!

~*Michelle*~ said...

Smart mama....very smart mama.

It took me alot longer than 4 years to figure that out. Now, I don't sweat anything....maybe taking it to too high of a level, LOL.

Popsicles in the car? That's the norm. In fact, I bet if you reach in one of the seats, you could score a great snack too.

Hope everyone is on the mend and you can enjoy Resurrection Day!



gina said...

Grin! Not that Julia is sick- I hope she gets well soon and DIDN't pass it on to any of the others (what a re the odds?) but for the "let it go" theme. People often ask me how how I "handle" having four kids. I assume they mean the chaos- I always say "I let most things go"... the little things, the housework.. my sanity. lol. Really though, sweating the things we can't change would kill us.

Have a Happy Easter!

mrs boo radley said...

I remember the feeling of sticky dried popsicle juice on my chin and in my hair...

Get well soon, pretty pretty princess!

Stephanie said...

OH I just love ya!!!! So adorable!!! Hope everyones starting to feel back to normal and you guys have a great day tomorrow!

~*Michelle*~ said...

ps. eek. I meant the "norm" for *MY* car.....didn't want to insinuate that you were like me

*bag no head*

You know I am a HUGE Tiff fan. ;)


p.s.s. how funny that my word verification is "couties" (cooties)

Lisa H said...

Great job on just 'letting it all go' I know how hard that can be sometimes! Hope everyone is feeling better in your neck of the woods. Happy Easter!

amanda said...

hope she is feeling better! i personally don't know if i could let popsicles go in the car! way to go!

Kristin said...

Wow....what a model mommy! I need to remind myself to let it go more often. I plan to use your posicles-in-the-car post as inspiration. ;) Hope no one else caught Julia's strep and that she is on the mend.