Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the minutiae of our day to day. I get so busy with Zoey’s schedule and dealing with the pets and the house that I forget to appreciate all the little things that make life so sweet. It is easy to feel frustrated and tense, and a little harder to look for little blessings. So this week’s post is mostly a thank you to the universe for all the little things that have made it possible to get through the week.
Tiny puppy kisses. We adopted Thumper the hound on Monday after a complicated series of events. We were looking for an older lady dog as a friend for Moose, and we came home with a big boy puppy. He’s endlessly sweet, though, and I had forgotten how fun puppies can be. We had a great experience at the Franklin County Animal Shelter. While we were there, a summer camp group of children were working with kittens and a group of disabled adults came in to volunteer with their assistants. Not only is this animal shelter taking care of needy animals, they are engaging with the community in a meaningful way. If you’re looking for a pet, you can’t go wrong with visiting them!
American Sign Language. Zoey doesn’t have very many words and she doesn’t use them as often as I would like. But this week, she mastered “more” in ASL. Although my signing is limited to functional phrases that I used in the classroom, it feels excellent to be able to understand what my daughter wants. And although she is fully hearing, I am partially deaf, and I want her to have that connection, however limited, to deaf culture.
E-Mails from Other Moms. I have written before about how being a stay at home mom can be lonely. Last week at the Gardiner library play group, I met several other stay at home parents with awesome fun babies and older children. This morning I got an e-mail from one of them about setting up a play date. It’s hard to make friends as a parent, and it’s so exciting to meet other people who have kids and want to hang out even after I showed up to play group covered in avacado thanks to a snack incident immediately before it started.
What’s keeping you going this week? Stay positive and beat the heat!