Does anyone else have those times when you just want to wish it all way. I mean it all.....the stupid fight with your husband over who changes more diapers that is really about so much more, the extra trip to the Dr. for you kid that can't get a cold with out it going in to a sinus infection, and the job that makes you think to hard so your head hurts and makes all the rest seem worse than it is.
Some times it want to wish it all away and have a drama free day. I have been having one of those weeks and each day it seems like just one more thing and it all starts to pile up. As I wondered in the house this evening and was sorting through the mail I saw a new book sitting there with a stickie note on it.
My neighbor left a book titled The Mommy Diaries She left it in our box with a little note that says I came across this book and thought you might get a kick out of it. It's from MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) gee I wonder why I thought of you?
So thoughtful and sweet. It totally made my day and week for that matter.
We moved into our house about 4 years ago and have the best neighbors. This particular neighbor actually happens to have a son, Joe, that has Down syndrome. She and her husband have 3 kids and Joe the youngest is approximately 26. He actually also went to the Guild School and had one of the same teachers that Riley has. It has been so reassuring to me to see Joey and how much he is just part of the family. He has a love of music and we often see him in the driveway jamin out to his IPOD. His mom jokes that he might be the only person ever to get a walkman and an IPOD in the same Christmas. Joe has always been very friendly and we stop and chat when we see him outside but I think we really started paying close attention when I was pregnant with Riley and we found out he would have Ds. A 1000 times I wanted to say something, but never found a way. I didn't thinking yelling it over the fence was quite the way to share. Justin and I with our sick sense of humour joked about yelling over the fence to let them know we were getting ourselves one of them kids. When Scott and Teriann stopped over after Riley was born we shocked them with the news. Riley was still in the NICU so all we had was a picture to share. They in turned shared how the Dr.'s had told them after Joe was born, and it was just as terrible as you can picture it would be over 20 years ago. I am thankful that we have had Joe and his family next door to watch and learn from. It is wonderful to be reminded on a regular basis that it really will turn out OK.
I'm sure I'll always have those moments where I want to wish it all away but today was a good reminder that there is something/someone bigger than me, bigger that all of us that is watching out for us and making sure we have the strength and the tools to make it.