We had a shaky start to term 4 – we generally have shaky ‘starts’ at anything around here. Despite my best efforts, so far my kids could not be called ‘resilient’ by any stretch of the imagination. Which is a great shame as I think that’s one of our jobs as parents – to raise resilient people who can tackle what life throws at them.
Never mind, we have time (she says optimistically).
I had Cappers at home on the first day back at school with a bad cold and the mysterious ‘sore tummy’ (ST) that has plagued her for weeks (you can see in the image above just how much that ST is holding her back). I have been essentially ignoring the ST because it generally seems to flare up right at bedtime or when she has something big on in her life. It didn’t take a genius parent (thank goodness) to figure out that it was probably a psychosomatic symptom of anxiety and have been reasonably sympathetic but resoundingly dismissive.
Well, our doctor thinks she may have picked up a parasite of some description during our idyllic holiday to Fiji. So, maybe not so idyllic after all… especially when I found myself collecting ‘stool’ samples late on Tuesday night. Yep, that disgusting image of me smeared in poo you now have in your head has been plaguing my dreams ever since. Parenting, huh?
Anyway, throw a Max plantar wart into the mix (picture James Brown and the cape routine – see below- and you get the idea of just how painful this experience was for our poor, brave Max – not to mention the entire family) and we’ve had ourselves quite the week. He had the plantar wart iced at the doctors on Wednesday (note, two visits to the doctor in two days) and has been dragging himself around on his tummy ever since, as if they iced the entire foot and we left it back at the surgery. Oh, he loves a dramatic moment does our Max.
Other things that had me this week:
Reading – The Artist’s Way for Parents: such a gentle read, it calmed me down enough to deal with James Brown without fuss.
Writing – accidentally inflammatory Facebook posts… It’s nice to have balls, but when will I learn to throw them gently? When?
Making – up my mind about the renovation. I have a Pinterest bathroom board going and a kitchen board going and I’m finding my style THIS WEEK or the whole thing is off. I mean it. This time. Really.
Wishing – my kids were more resilient. Or I was. Or something.
Loving – so, so much when someone makes their dream happen. Goosebumps when I saw this.
Wondering – what my own dream is. Or perhaps, quietly and without fuss, I’m living it already.
Enjoy your weekend. We’ll be out in the garden – I can’t get enough of this spring weather! Oh, look, the thunderclouds are rolling in as I write this… yep, it’s been that kind of week. I’m just hoping that Max is right: do the boring bits make the other bits even better? I really, really hope so!
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