Today pretty much sucked. There is no amount of coffee that could have made this morning better. It started with me rocking C in the dark this morning after MAYBE one hour of sleep, and that is probably being generous. I was sitting there fighting the urge to cry for no other reason than because I was just so tired.
It’s been one of those weeks where everything seems to happen at once. You know the ones I’m talking about? The kids are sick, you have work or have class, your husband gets the much awaited overtime which is awesome, but it would be equally awesome if suddenly Mary Poppins appeared to give the extra hands that you are so desperate for?
That’s me this week. Nothing truly BAD happened. It’s just a bad day. And you know what? Moms are totally allowed to have bad days. I have a wonderful, supportive husband, but some days are still a struggle. We are ending today with pizza sauce on the ceiling, crayon art on the walls. And floor. And refrigerator. And probably more places that I haven’t discovered yet. We powered through countless sleepy tantrums.
So on days like today I have one trick that helps me to stay above water and even sometimes saves the day. Ready?
Get out of the house. Seriously, get that change of scenery. I find that on the days I am struggling, the more I stay in the same environment, the more I dwell on the negative things happening, and the worse the day gets. Sometimes the best thing to do is get out of that environment. Go for a drive, take the kids to the park, or grab lunch. Even if your to-do list goes on til tomorrow. Sometimes taking a break is exactly what you need to get yourself back and get ahead.
Today that is exactly what we did. We reached a point where I just knew we needed to get out. The extent of me getting ready was grabbing my keys and wallet. I’m not even confident my shoes matched, but I loaded up the girls in the car and we were on our way. They have been sick for about a week and are finally getting their appetites back, so I thought I would treat them to their favorite: Chick-Fil-A. (Sidenote: If you don’t already fully appreciate drive-thrus I promise you as a mom you will love them)
As we are sitting in the drive-thru line, all of our moods were already improving. One thing I really like about getting out of the house is sometimes something as simple as a change of scenery can really help to put things in perspective. We all have bad days, but I have been blessed with far more beautiful ones. Today, behind us in line was a Sheriff’s deputy in his cruiser. Here is a man who leaves his family every day, puts his life on the line, all to serve and protect our communities. I knew the moment I saw him in rear view mirror I wanted to pay for his lunch.
As I pulled away from the window, I could see the Chick-Fil-A employee hand him his food and saw the grin spread across his face. When I was exiting the parking lot, he suddenly flashed his lights a couple times and spoke over his intercom. My girls were so overjoyed by the commotion that they were cheering in the back seat. He thanked us and said we made his day. I was sitting in the driver’s seat waving and thinking “no sir, you made ours.” It is so important to never underestimate the power of even the smallest act of kindness.
Mamas, the next time you are having a tough day at home. Pack up the kids and go on a little adventure. No excursion is too small to help you regroup. Call up a friend, go to lunch, have a picnic at the park, go for a walk, anything to get you out of the house and into a new change of scenery. I guarantee you that one small act will make a difference in your day. You never know what might happen.