School is out! Sounds exciting right. Vacation, endless fun, afternoon naps, sleeping in, no pressing commitments . . . end of Story!
But that wouldn’t be REAL Life, would it? The honest answer is probably a mixture of fun, fighting, boredom, re-learning some “thankful” lessons, messy house, making a million snacks and enjoying the slower moments of life.
Often times I envision something a little more “Norman Rockwell” during the holidays. Those paintings always captured the essence of the holidays: Everyone is happy, very little complaining, the meal turns out great, the house is beautiful and clean, except for us, it’s more of a Chevy Chase “Christmas Vacation.” Traditional food, kids flying down the stairwell in a box or bean bag, and the UPS guy blows his horn as he passes our house, watching one of the kids fall out of a tree. Our neighbors must REALLY Love Us!!
My dad told me once that I have the “Little House on the Prairie” idealistic mentality, where I think everything should fall into place with little effort, everyone sits down for dinner together on time and so on. When he brought this to my attention, I felt hurt, as if he had burst my “Bubble of Hope” that one day this could happen. In retrospect, he was saving me from a life of heartache and let downs. Now that I know this about myself, I’ve made some mental changes. Changes that prepare me for those sand traps in life that I make for myself, when I hold things to idealistic measures – built-up beliefs I’ve made in my head regarding “Mary Poppins” on Christmas Day.
Life is What it Is! Its sort of like a house: It’s sometimes messy and disorganized, often delightful and happy, has its occasional technical mishaps, but for the most part, we wouldn’t change it for the world.
On Christmas day, I envisioned the kids running around, playing quietly with toys, eating the cookies we made, watching movies on the couch . . .
Instead, they were skate boarding through the kitchen, while one was TRYING to play a violin, the other a piano (on disco rhythm) and the baby was being licked in the mouth by the dog. Not what I envisioned, but that’s ok, We’re all together, happy, healthy and loving one another. I’m Thankful.
So, now that school is out, relax, be flexible, it’s ok to let the house go for a day or two, enjoy a little HGTV, maybe some “Mary Poppins” and let Life be What it is! Be Thankful.