I could post a lot of heavy duty thoughts and feelings today, but I am going to stick with something lighter. I missed writing yesterday because I had a houseful for Memorial Day. I was also busy recovering from my own version of trauma during the weekend.
We have three small dogs that are 15 to 16 years old. Pistol, the oldest of the three, has a seizure disorder. All three dogs have devoloped some level of arthritis, vision issues and are hard of hearing, but as we age don't we all?!? That hearing issue starts during the toddler years by the way. Anyway, all three dogs recently had their annual vet appointment and got a pretty good report and a prescription for the arthritis. As I talked to the vet, we decided to have Pistol examined last because Doc was on his way to the appointment to "help" me and Pistol is his "buddy". I did explain to the vet that Doc lovingly picks the dog up every evening and gently lays him in bed with us. (Truth be told, I have NEVER received that kind of attention from him!) Doc hovers over him and worries when he is a little off or there isn't quite as much curl to his tail. Me? If I can get his attention, I usually get told to stretch whatever hurts and it will get better. Not even a pat on the head for me!
Pistol had a bad reaction to his new medication and we had to take him to the emergency vet. What a trip that was! No one bothered to check the side effects of the medication, but I was asked if the dog had gotten any marijuana recently! SERIOUSLY?! We were about to make the decision to send him across the "Rainbow Bride", a pretty tough decision to make especially when his buddy was incommunicado in the woods. As we went in to see him for the final time, he stood up and kissed me! Again, nothing I would expect to get from Doc! So, one expensive bill later, we took him home.
I am always grateful for extra hands in these situations. I must admit I was not cool as a cucumber. Oddly enough, the Blonde (who usually panics) took the reins and got us through the disaster with additional support from the Ninja! I now have confidence that if I go down, at least two people will stand by me and carry me through. I am sure I could add a few more to that list: Mommy, Mini-Me.
Here's another thought....If people treated each other with as much love and care as most treat their pets, can you just imagine what the world could be? Have a beautiul and blessed week!
It is Mom-Sense Monday – and I still Got It!
I am not going to lie. Kindergarten registration is definitely a thing of my past. At least I thought so! Last week one of the boys had his registration day. Both mom and dad could not get off work and believe it or not, I was the best option as a stand in! Listen, my last kindergarten registration was 22 years ago!!!!
There was one small catch to this plan. I had my usual day of babysitting lined up. That means I have the three “Littles” (My 3 and under granddaughters) and the two “Soldiers” (Grandsons 8 and 9 months old). I drive a small jeep. Not enough seats for this gang. In fact, I rarely put Doc in it! So, I had to borrow Mini-Me’s Suburban. (I used to have that and an Excursion. I miss those vehicles!)
Appointment was at 11:15, so at 10:45 we started cleaning up our toys --- unwillingly --- and getting dressed. That means locating five outfits, three trips to the bathroom, two diaper changes, loading up a diaper bag with accessories and food for the boys, putting the boys in their car seats and hooking those into the vehicle, and getting all three “Littles” in car seats, plus my Best Buddy who is registering!
We arrived at the school (which is only five miles away) at exactly 4:10 and with some major hustle and sweat we walked in the door at 11:15!
When I tell you we drew some attention, I am not kidding. The boys were in the twin stroller and the “Littles” were tagging along with my Best Buddy! We were sent to what used to be the library for an information session where I immediately began feeding the boys. They are not too happy when lunch starts after 11:15.
The young moms in the room asked if I did this every day and I simply sighed and said yes! They asked how I did it and my usual answer is sometimes not well, but we are all here and relatively happy. They asked if I took a nap when the kids did, and I explained that when they nap, I scramble to get things done and take advantage of the quiet! One told me she was exhausted just listening to what I do and was going to go home and nap!
At 12:30, we started the process in reverse and headed home for lunch and the ever precious NAPS! Well if nothing else, I guess I found out that “I Still Got It!”
Have a blessed week!
Today is a Mom-Sense Monday Moment of Pride!
First, I must pat myself on the back just for a second, because the very person I am about to brag about has some fun at my expense over my tech skills. Got a new tv/monitor over the weekend and by reading the instructions I actually put the stand on it! Great pride on my part. I did, however, have to call my Lawyer to hook the tv to the box (not sure what else you call it) to be able to watch the tv.
Which brings me to my real Moment of Pride! The Lawyer I called is none other than my youngest son! This past weekend we celebrated his graduation as a Juris Doctorate! Three years of hard work came to a temporary close. It is temporary only because he now spends two more months studying for his Bar Exam.
Believe me when I say that this accomplishment spanned much more than three years. Hard work throughout his educational career led to this achievement. His hard work and dedication extend far beyond the classroom. He played football and basketball in high school and went on with his football career at Division II level in football in college. This young man did not shy away from his commitment. He was up between five and six every morning for workouts. He worked so hard at one practice that he suffered heat exhaustion. His career finally came to an end due to a serious head injury on the field. Even with that, his commitment to his teammates never waivered and he spent his senior year helping to coach his friends and teammates, always wanting to be on the field next to them.
On top of all of this, he has managed to find time to be active in our church, to donate his time charitably, to do Pro Bono work as a student, to work as a law intern, and to help his mom out with things like the TV and the other “ridiculous” requests that I make!
Just a short year ago, he married his college sweetheart. His faith in her has NEVER faltered. They have supported each other through thick and thin, through job challenges, personal losses and school. They have celebrated with each other the accomplishments that they help each other achieve.
I confess to a few tears as the graduation ceremony began. My heart swelled with pride as I watched him accept the honor that he earned. (I cringed as there are always those folks who choose to take a solemn event and treat it like a sporting activity and I wished they understood what there behavior was saying, but that is for another day!)
His accomplishments were shared yesterday with his friends, his siblings, his father in law, his parents and his wife. I know my Consiglieri will shine in his chosen profession and I look forward to a bright future for him. A small reflection as this is the last of my gang to walk that stage for now!. I promise a lighter moments in the near future, but this one had to be said. Congrats and love!
Well, although there is nothing particularly unusual about today (although it is clear skies and warmer than anything we have had in a while!) I decided that this is the day that I will start working of some of my dreams.
If you have read any of my previous blogs, you know that I am simply a mom. Please understand that there is nothing simple about motherhood. From the moment of conception you become responsible for every facet of another human being. Everything you put in your body effects the baby. Every bit of stress you encounter, stresses the baby. Every smile you smile, every laugh you let loose impacts the baby!
It doesn’t end during pregnancy either! Every minute of every day, because of the prenatal connection, moms tend to feel that constant link with their child or children. Every decision you make is not just about you, it is about the us that is mother and child/children. It is in short, the greatest experience you will ever have. It is also the most challenging. And you do not earn one thin dime for all the cooking, laundry, purchases, tears, love. But you earn so much more!
I put a lot of my personal desires and dreams on hold while I tackled a life of motherhood. I extended my leave of absence from what I wanted to do even further as a grandmother. Don’t get me wrong; I am not complaining and I do not in any way regret my choices, and they are choices! I would do it all again in the blink of an eye.
I fully embrace being a mother and a grandmother. Being a mother has not stopped because my kids are adults and can now take themselves to the bathroom. I still love them, worry about them, enjoy them and often offer unsolicited advice. My life as a grandmother holds the same love. In fact, sometimes it is overwhelming to think that one human heart can hold enough love for all of them. But it can, and it does.
I have hit a spot in my life, where I have allowed myself a little bit of luxury to begin my other dreams. My sister has been pushing me to get back to writing, which is something I truly love to do. So here I am. Beginning this new “project” and continuing to share what it is like to be a mother, a wife, a grandmother, a nurse, a member of the community and at least a hundred other roles that I have taken on in my life. I am sorry to have stepped away from this for over a year (I think). My hope is that my stories will give your encouragement, offer you unsolicited advice that fits your needs, and maybe even put a smile on your face. You are never too old to take a new step! Today a new journey starts!
Wife, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Nurse, Grandmother, Friend...that's me in a nutshell!