Tuesday, April 28, 2009

it's all how you look at it

what an adventure we had today! we were set to leave the house to go buy new mud boots for moonpie. we have been having massive rains of late and the flip-flops in the puddles don't mix well for us (we seem to lose them mid-puddle and mama has to step in to save the day, err, the flip-flop). so we were on the porch, i had locked the door from the inside and left it open so i could see to the cat and then grab my keys. uh-huh, not the best plan when your fellow adventures are 2 and 5. so, you guessed it, buddy shut the door and we were officially locked out. i made a quick attempt to find a neighbor but all were out. and then it hits me, we can walk to the church to find john. not too far of a walk and PLENTY of puddles in between. i love the world after a good rain. everything glistens and the same things we see everyday are transformed into small ponds and rivers! we stomped through puddles and found new flowers. we watched the birds skitter about and sailed leaf boats down the street. it was lovely and other worldly, until we had to cross the street. with buddy in my arms and moonpie at my hip we set across one of the busiest intersections in town (i should add that our town is sorely lacking in appropriate pedestrian aids- no lights, hardly a crosswalk, and NOBODY slows down for a walker-even with kids). we reached the corner and then SPLASH- were soaked by a SUV barreling down the road. remembering that i set the tone, i squealed with the kids and we laughed and laughed. and then, the rain started. and you would think that rain + mom + young kids = cars stopping to let you cross. ha! we stood on the corner waiting for cars to pass in pouring rain. and again, we attempted joy at this situation. because i mean really, what else are you going to do? let it ruin the day?
we arrived at john's office wet, really wet! but laughing. buddy said "let's tell daddy the whole story". turns out his favorite part was getting splashed by the car- big surprise!
when we got home, we found that the panty fairy had visited! the kids had a box of new undies on the porch sent from my step-mom- perfect seeing as we had to strip down on the porch!
that's how life is, right? setting out to do something and when it doesn't work out, being able to roll with the everyday adventures.

8 comments:

Brandi said...

i had the same sort of day! i had gone into houston. i was going to visit target and a nice heb, and then meet justin for dinner. first it starts raining, and then j calls to say he can't meet after all, and is it too late for me to just stay home? yes, it is. so we did our shopping in the MONSOON. But I thankfully had the kids raincoats and rainboots, and a decent umbrella, so we made it a fun thing. and a sweet stranger stopped in the parking lot to help me with the groceries. (you could so tell the bagger guy did not want to do it). and then we went to ihop for pancakes.

sounds like you handled it beautifully! sometimes you do just have to roll with it.

jumbleberryjam said...

Awesome perspective! This Seattle girl is looking forward to similar opportunities very soon ;-). And thanks for your kind, supportive comments on my blog post today. :-)

Mandy said...

my favorite part of the story was the panty fairy...who knew?

Cheryl said...

Wow! What a day! Thanks for the reminder that I set the tone of the day/event/situation. I have a problem with being in a grumpy mood or situation and expecting the boys to be happy and smiling. Thanks for sharing your adventure with all of us! =)

Crunchy Christian Mom said...

What an adventure -- and what a fabulous attitude you had! :)

Rachel said...

What a good reminder about the tone we set! Too often, I get wrapped up in my own emotions and then get even more upset when Josiah starts getting upset, too.

johannapule said...

Please teach me how to do that. How to make lemonade when life gives you lemons. It is my worst quality. When I get lemons I complain that I have lemons. Thanks for the great story :)

mandi said...

jo- trust me- it's something i have to work on daily. i wish i could say that i'm there, always there. but i'm not. my daily prayer recently has been to have a more gentle spirit. i pray this throughout the day. i have to. because i'm all ugly on the inside ; ).