Only today, I didn’t feel like I made much progress. The bills are sitting in a huge pile, dwarfed only by the laundry that covers two couches and is on top of the dryer that is being replaced on Friday for not working; it is overflowing. The paperwork to be filed has sat neatly in the study untouched for two weeks. The vacuum upstairs quit after 8 seconds and then wouldn’t work for 3 hours. Apparently cleaning my carpet is the equivalent of riding a bull at the Texas Rodeo. My dishwasher needs to be unloaded so I can reload and the car needs its oil change…and has needed it for at least 857 miles. Sigh. Today, I felt the clutter won. I’d made my list and you know what? I still didn’t want to tackle it….at all. I want to say, “Bleah.”
Then my five year old called me to the kitchen. Train’s “Drive By” was on the radio and she insisted we have an impromptu dance party. She, my 16 month old and I rocked out for a song and the piles and chores fell away in that moment. The five minute kitchen abandonment made the rest of it doable. Their laughter and faces broke through the boredom.
So hang in there. Even if all your appliances quit on you, even if there are scads of annoying errands to manage, do those small things, like reading stories, playing crazy 8, going for a walk with your kids or getting a shower (heavens). Little things with great love do make all of life bearable and even bring about the greater joy and success you were hoping for in the long run. The yoke becomes easier, the burden lighter, even if the to do list isn’t yet done. It really does.
So this week:
1) We celebrated our son’s first communion Saturday. It was lovely!
2) Took my daughter to get her finger checked. (She slammed it in a car door). It’s not broken. (Sigh of huge relief).
3) Made it to confession.
4) Worked on Helen (on page 221) and did more research/reading.
5) Threw out the broken vacuum that seems to work great when I’ve lugged it to the store (twice) for repairs but give me two minutes tops of labor when I put them to the test at home. I also tossed two broken fans. (Why did I keep these? I don’t know…but no longer…adieu to the three of them). I feel better with them just sitting waiting to go away in the trash.
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Editor’s note: Congratulations to commenter “DK” who is our winner of the first Small Success prize package. Be on the lookout for a new SS Thursday contest very soon! LMH
Copyright 2012 Sherry Antonetti