Mama said they'll be days like this.
There's enough water in the basement to fill a swimming pool
After record amounts of rainfall in a twenty-four hour span.
Runny noses appear to bombard every turn
Boogie wipes and old burp clothes, in steady rotation.
Being the only healthy body in the house,
Patience is tested again and again.
Sleep fleeting as exhaustion sets in,
Wake up calls at two and four am.
Cuddles and dream filled slumber is replaced
Restless toddler tossing and turning, turning and tossing.
The thought of anything else going wrong
Seems to be a cruel joke.
Cold orange juice is replaced with room temperature beverages,
As the refrigerator stops.
Four hundred dollars and a phone call later,
Discovering the fix won't work for another few days.
The realization that there is no refrigerator sets in,
No milk, no juice, no way.
Dinnertime routine is replaced,
Last minute trip to grandparents house for refuge.
In the midst of the hectic and craziness,
Moments that remind me
It isn't so bad.
Driving to my parents house last night, my mind was wandering, as grocery lists, play date plans, and memories of the past few days floated around. Into sunset we drove, my focus on the drive, when Mo pointed out the sky.
"Look Mama, It's red! The sky, it's red!" she squealed, her delight infectious.
Looking up, shades of pink and red faded into purples and blues.
Before us, a simply breathtaking sky.
A sky I likely would not have noticed had my three year old not pointed it out.
"It's so pretty!" she continued. "Why the sky red?"
As I explained sunset, I could feel myself relax and savor the moment.
Her wonder, her amazement as she continued to describe the sky was exactly what I had needed.