Every Monday, I start my week by highlighting what made me happy from the previous week, because gratitude is the first step in learning how to be happier.
My to-do list items flowed unfinished from one day into the next last week like water running up and down the locks of the Panama Canal. Every day I awoke just a little bit further behind, but my unaccomplished tasks didn’t ruin my week. On the contrary, I was able to get done the most necessary things while postponing the rest in favor of more important things – like dinner with my mom.
I saw my mom three times last week. We didn’t snap a single picture, but we shared two meals, swam in her pool, and just got to enjoy each other’s company without the distraction of a special occasion. I can’t remember the last time we got to spend so much time together; I know it’s been years.
In my own role as a mother, I got to bear witness to quite a few milestones this week. Devin got a cell phone and went to his first middle school dance, both of which caused me much hand-wringing and brow-furrowing. He did a lot of shrugging and a little bit of talking about how he was feeling. I pretended to be totally cool with however much (or little) talking he wanted to do, even though I was dying to know everything that was going on in his head and to be asked more about what advice I might have to offer.
I settled for helping with hair product and learning new ways to the word ‘fine’ can be used in a sentence.
The thing is, as much as I want to help him navigate these tricky tween rapids, I’m really grateful to have a seat on the shore and I’m thrilled that he calls out for tips now and then.
Emma had her first softball practice.
She says she made a new friend, but she can’t exactly remember her new friend’s name. This doesn’t bother her in the slightest. Neither is she worried about how many times the ball is dropped or flies by her head, or how few times her throws end up in another player’s glove. She played softball and it was fun.
And I’m so stinkin’ glad her life is still so simple.
Between tween angst and afternoons at the baseball diamond, I did manage to get a few things done this week, including a couple changes to this site. I added free sidebar ads that promote some of the passions and dreams of our Facebook fans, and I added a weekly challenge section to the home page. My hope is that both of those things will help this site become a better resource for you guys, so getting them done definitely made me happy.
Now, it’s your turn! What were the highlights of your week?