Ruth Ayres hosts a weekly celebration at her blog. I appreciate this invitation to look for positives at the end of my week.
1. Walking in the rain. It wasn’t in the forecast, so we were surprised when we headed out to walk the dog and found ourselves walking in the rain yesterday. Roxy is a sensitive dog, and walking in the rain is not her favorite thing. She had to stop many times to shake. But it’s supposed to be around 100 for the next week, so we took an extra couple of loops around the park to enjoy the cool breeze and cold rain while it lasted.
2. Finding just the words I needed to use on my son exactly when I needed them. I took a little parenting time-out this afternoon and read a few pages in my current parenting book, Reparenting the Child Who Hurts. My son was stuck, and I couldn’t figure out what to say or do to unstick him. I wasn’t expecting to come upon the perfect script in my current read: I was just skimming a few pages to calm down and regulate myself. But there it was. The exact words I needed. How I love reading serendipity!
3. Rereading. I have so many new books I want to read, I rarely spend time rereading. But last week I checked Kathleen Norris’s Dakota: A Spiritual Geography out of the library. I first read the book many years ago, long before I relocated permanently to South Dakota. This line from the first chapter beautifully captures why I stay: “the western Plains now seem bountiful in their emptiness, offering solitude and room to grow.”
4. Laughter. So many tough moments this week, but also much laughter. My son even joked about his own terror of the “mom touch”. For you Diary of a Wimpy Kid readers, it’s kind of like having the cheese touch. You get it by virtue of being a mom, which is a super scary thing to traumatized adopted kids.
5. Ice cream. If laughter doesn’t cure what ails you, try ice cream. I am still thinking about a salted caramel hot fudge sundae I had on Monday. Given how many days of hot weather we have ahead of us, I’m imagining I may consume quite a bit of emotionally uplifting ice cream.