We’re nearing the end of the fourth week of our Harvest Term, and I think we’ve mostly accommodated ourselves to the fact that summer is over and the long winter approaches, that these are school days, and we’re not going to make it untrue by wishing or whining.
Not that the children (and sometimes myself) are not still trying.
Complaining and bad attitudes can just suck the energy right out of the day, yet soldier on we must. And we will, God helping us.
Probably one of these weeks we’ll wake up and realize that this was a phase of growth working itself out awkwardly, and it was the stretching and soreness that was making us complain, but then we’ll be over the hump.
Then it will be Christmas season and our routines will get all out of whack again.
Such is life. We’ll pull on through again.
Pretty, Happy, Funny, but Mostly Real
Well, we’re definitely back into the swing of it now. And that means people are trying to make grumbling a habitual part of the routine, trying to sneak off to Legos during school hours, and distracting themselves by distracting others. Normal life.
Big, deep breath. It’s normal. It’s ok. We aren’t failing, even though someone ends up in tears every day. If it was only one person in tears each day, then at our house that still averages out to only once a week per person, and that’s not so bad. Right? Except, of course, Matt never comes up crying from his office. I wish I could say I have been tearless, but even I am not immune.
Let’s stick out the rough patches, shall we? Press on, remembering that the complaining is only a whinier, noisier version of the way we often feel about our responsibilities, too. Maybe as we work with our children, they will learn not only how to make their complaining more socially acceptable, but maybe even how to get rid of that grumbling spirit. Maybe, just maybe, as we go about this work, we’ll learn that lesson ourselves.
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