Friday, September 9, 2011

So You’ve Had a Bad Day…

Sometimes, when I’m feeling especially down about our current struggles, it’s my kids that lift my spirits.  They remind me of the butterflies and rainbows that are all around me.  And they make me laugh. 


Several weeks ago, K said something to me that has stuck with me ever since.  Something so simple.  But it’s the way she said it that made me stop and realize that things aren’t so bad. 

We have promised the girls for years now that as soon as we were financially able, we would get them into dance lessons.  It’s something they have wanted for a long time and we’ve never been in a position to do it.  So when I found out about the summer classes available just this summer, that weren’t too expensive, I told my mom that the girls were going to try and raise the money for it by setting up a lemonade stand.  My mom said that she and my dad would be willing to pay for half if the girls could come up with the first half.  And by George, they did it! 

I know I’ve talked about their dance lessons before but as I drove K to her very first Jazz lesson, I asked her if she thought this day would ever come. 

I fully anticipated the answer to be something along the lines of, No, I never thought I’d be able to take dance. 

Instead, she said, “Yep!  I never lost hope.” 

Just like that.  Straightforward and honest. 

I can’t really explain why it hit me like it did.  All I know is that anytime since then that I am having a rough day {such as today} her words and her positive attitude flood my mind and remind me that all hope is not lost.  I need to have hope that one day things will work themselves out.  Things are going to be alright.  Maybe not now, maybe not tomorrow, but eventually. 

The economy WILL pick up.  We WILL be able to retire someday.  The bills WILL get paid. 

Not yet, but someday.  I just know it. 

I will never lose hope!!  And neither should you.


Working Mommy said...

It is always such a surprise when kids are the ones who come up with those thoughts...then I have that voice in the back of my mind saying, they just don't know any better yet. Hopefully things will get the meantime, I'll just keep on keepin on! Gad the girls got to take their dance lessons!


Dana said...

Such a cute and inspirational girl. We need to listen to them more often.

Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

Beautiful post! When parents used to tell me they were learning from there children I used to laugh inside. "They obviously didn't have my children!" But now I know. I have also learned so much from my children. I love how your daughter kept optimistic. I think that's an important lesson for me too. :)