Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Reality Bites

Do you want to know the truth?  Maybe it's fairly obvious.

I was having a bad afternoon.  Can you tell?  As I look at these pics, I can still feel how pissed off I was.  I didn't think it would show this much, and I'm embarrassed to say that it does.

I had been in a good mood.  I was having a decent day...until I arrived home.  Having an almost teenager in the house is tough.  My tween pushes me to the limits of my patience.  He also really hurts my feelings many days.  And I just have to keep remembering that much of what he says and does, he can't actually control.  It's those raging hormones.

My neighbour, also the MS librarian, stopped me yesterday to tell me been reading a book called The Male Brain and it seemed like a good one to send my way.  There are chapters devoted to each age, so she suggested I turn right to the boy brain and the teenage boy brain chapters.  I'll let you know if I get some answers.  There's also a chapter called the daddy brain.  Should be an interesting read.

Anyhow, now that I look back at these pictures and think about that afternoon just last week, I feel stupid.  Caught up in it all and upset because I really just thought I'd quickly zip home and have these pictures taken, check in with the kiddos on homework, etc and then try to get a workout in.  I let myself get derailed by something that is just a part of life right now.  And, on top of that, rather than spend time sorting through it, I still insisted on getting this outfit pic.  The big girl helped me, but in hindsight, I think I should just have called it a day and tried to get the picture another day.  The whole experience wasn't fun and it should be.  My big girl was having fun, and I should have been enjoying that moment with her.  Sigh.  

Parenting is tough, people.  It's the single most challenging and rewarding experience of my life.

Postlude: The boy just returned today from three days at school camp.  I'm so glad he's back because we all missed him so.  Even on the bad days, I wouldn't wish for him to be anywhere else but home with us.

Outfit: Vic and Lily sweater, Goodwill skirt, Hardly Worn It (Facebook) oxfords, 
Santoki Vintage (Etsy) necklace, Salvo earrings, charity shop head scarf

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