Small Success Thursday: Busy Weekends and Dead Computers


Small Success Thursday

It was a busy weekend at the Antonetti house. My computer died (it met the floor). I am sad but it helps limit my computer time and that’s probably a good thing.

Our oldest son came home for a visit. He needed a car to manage his student teaching in this final semester of college. Our other teens have struggled with learning to drive since the Suburban is the “small” car. Given the needs of our kids and the fact that “Subby” is now eleven, we gifted our senior in college with his first set of wheels and got a small car which will be the training vehicle for all new drivers. It made the teens very happy to have a “cool car” as versus the old blue Suburban or my twelve passenger van, (affectionately known as the Mastodon). We hadn’t planned on such a purchase, but it was again, a good thing.

Three of my children now have signed up for science projects. I’m very afraid we’ll muck this up, I’m not a science type person, but challenge again is a good thing.

I look back at the week and the theme is resistance training and surrender (two seemingly opposite themes to be sure). I have to grow stronger, to push against my normal tendencies to be lax, and to surrender, when my normal tendencies is to hold firm. And yes, I’m going back to the gym again this week and weight training will be part of the regimen. I surrender. I can’t lose weight or get fit without it.

With a pottying toddler, I have to overcome her resistance and surrender to cleaning up when she wins. With a teen who thinks he doesn’t have to write down assignments, I have to muscle up the resolve to help him track everything down and then do it. I have to surrender to the role of Mom when I’d rather do almost anything than hover over homework.

Lent is approaching and I’m discovering all these ways in which I am resistant to my vocation as mom, and need strength training to surrender to it.

Hope your week was super even if you didn’t root for the Patriots.

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Sherry Antonetti is a mother of ten children, published author of The Book of Helen and a freelance writer of humor and family life columns. You can read additional pieces from her blog,


  1. Mastodon! I love it!
    I hear you on getting kids to write down and track assignments. My oldest was like that. I hope it will be some comfort to you that when he went to college he voluntarily bought a planner–and when he graduated college he continued to buy a planner AND USES IT.

  2. Ah cars.. I have decided that the 97 Civic my older son was driving in not a good car for my almost 16 YO to drive since it lacks ESC brakes. I have asked my Dad to find an appropriate car for my son to drive to school. Our district does not provide busing for high schoolers and he is in band. Add on the great probability that I will have a new job in a month or so, me transporting him is getting more difficult. We do have the possibility that he could drive hubby’s mini van that is scheduled to be replaced next year, but it is encountering issues as well as not too easy on gas. The school is 13 miles from our home. So somewhat fuel efficient, preferably a manual transmission car is on our radar.

  3. I just never get tired of Small Success Thursday!! This week my small success was reading some of the others, but as I posted on one — maybe that was due to not having taken time to WRITE mine yet ;))) Sometimes you gotta make sacrifices!! Thanks Sherry for never missing writing yours, I really do look forward to reading it!

    • Alison, thank you so much! I credit Sarah Reinhart with making me sound coherent each week after I scramble to get a posting up for the week.

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