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Sunday, September 30, 2012

A Red Light Day

Last Monday was truly A MONDAY. In the early morning hours I merely looked at my “to do” list and almost passed out from exhaustion. I needed three of me if I ever even hoped to get everything finished on the list. I am sure you can relate.

After a morning of unloading the dishwasher, scrubbing floors, packing a lunch and preparing breakfast I was eager with anticipation that Sweet Boy would soon be leaving to get on the school bus. As he picked up his backpack he said, “I am so excited that today is an early release day.” My brain processing this information was akin to slamming on the car breaks. “What?” I checked the school calendar. He was right. 

I think this is known as “throwing a wrench into the works”.

There was no way around it. He would be home at lunchtime. Even though I generally try to avoid it I had numerous errands that he would have to accompanying me on.

After the third or fourth stop of the afternoon I was DONE. But I still had three places I had to go. The clock was ticking away faster that I needed it to. As I hit the 800th red light of the day I groaned out loud and mumbled something along the lines of “waiting again…grumble, mffph.”

Sweet Boy piped up. “Mom, it’s ok. My homework is done, and we can just have Sunday dinner leftovers. There is plenty of time. If worst comes to worst the world wouldn’t END if the dry cleaning is picked up tomorrow. We can just spend the extra time at the red lights talking with each other.” 

Just like that the light turned green on more than one level.

"10% of life is what happens to us and 90% is how we react to what happens to us". ~ Charles R. Swindoll

Today my Sweet Boy turns 11. He is wise beyond his years.

My prayer this week is that I will react positively to stressful situations when in his presence.

Laura

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” ~ Galatians 5:22

22 comments :

My Cottage Charm said...

What a wise young man you're raising...but he didn't get that on his own, I'm sure his loving momma put that in him at some point. :)
Love you
Missy

Vicki said...

Happy Birthday to a truly Sweet Boy!

angie.a said...

Smart boy. Happy birthday to him! :) When I hit a read light, and I'm impatient, I stop and wonder...is this red light preventing me from being in an accident later down the road? Do I need these few seconds of distance from potential disaster?

Elizabeth Eiffel said...

Words of wisdom from such a young man - time with the ones we love is precious. I love your 2 quotes aa well.
Birthday wishes to your son.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

What a wise young man!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!

Lady Dorothy said...

Great post! I am still learning this day by day.

Happy birthday, Sweet Boy!

Cindy said...

He is a sweet boy!! Happy Birthday and prayers that we all try to remember this...

ImagiMeri said...

Happy Birthday to Sweet Boy, a product of your creation.....or as they say "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree."

Love ya'
Meri

openid said...

Laura,

Please send my Happy Birthday wishes to Sweet Boy Gunn. He is an old soul in an eleven year old body. It is not only your decor I adore! :)

Your Friend,
Deborah
FairfieldHouseNJ.com

Blondie's Journal said...

I love when our kids manage to put things in perspective for us with their innocent outlook on life. We should all be like that!

Mondays are terrible for me, too. I seem to let go of too much on the weekends to be with my family and things pile up. Arhhhh!

Happy Birthday to Sweet Boy!

XO,
Jane

Auntie Em said...

Not only is your incredibly mature son very handsome, but also very wise! I hope his birthday is extra special and fun! :)

martinealison said...

Un gros bisou pour son anniversaire et un gros bisou à vous ma chère...

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Boy! You are such an amazing young man! I'm going to talk to your parents about an arranged marriage between you and my 9 year old daughter - to take place in about 10 to 15 years!!

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Boy! You are such an amazing young man! I'm going to talk to your parents about an arranged marriage between you and my 9 year old daughter - to take place in about 10 to 15 years!!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

What a testament to the fine parents you and Mr. Decor are! I love the quote, too!

Myna Kay said...

Kids can open our eyes sometimes can't they?

Kit said...

Out of the mouth of babes. :) Kit

Brenda said...

I love it when our kids help us put things in perspective.

Karena said...

Happy Birthday to your Sweet Boy who is wise beyond his years! Laura it goes to show us that they really just want time together!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Awww, Happy Birthday to your sweet boy! Sometimes, the youngest ones can put things into perspective for us, so easily.

Kelley Highway said...

Oh, my girl. What a lovely post. Love that boy.

Terri said...

Out of the mouth of babes! Our children are such treasures! Your son is a very present young man to say such a thing.
Thank you for your beautiful share!
Hugs,
Terri