Friday, June 25, 2010

Quick Takes Friday

My wish list:

1) I wish the Tot wouldn't fall asleep when we are 10 minutes from home so that I have to wake him up in order to have lunch so that he can then go back to sleep for his regularly scheduled afternoon nap. Because of course, he never wants to take his nap once he is feeling re-energized by his "micro nap" and the conflicts ensue. Not to mention that I am sure he is completely confused by the idea that we woke him up and now he has to go back to sleep. This is crazy-making, to say the least.

2) I wish that I didn't always feel an overwhelming desire to plan everything. I want to be one of those women who can just let life "flow". I have the most annoying need to know what is going to happen and when and with whom all of the time. If I don't know how things are going to go, it usually causes me immeasurable anxiety and planning is my coping skill. But I wish I didn't need to do it.

3) I wish I were more secure in myself as a mom so that I didn't balk at every hiccup and transition. I remember when I first became a mom that I felt like I was completely clueless and was in a constant state of confusion over the "right way" to do things. I know now that there is no such thing, but that insecurity comes back every time we face a new challenge, whether it be swimming lessons or peanut butter.

4) I wish I were more expressive of my appreciation to my husband. He is a great dad and a very supportive partner. For some reason it's a lot easier to tell him what he's doing wrong instead of how much I love all of the right things he does.

5) I wish I could be more confident in my decision to leave my career and be at home with the Tot. I really love being with him and seeing him grow and I know that this time will be gone in the blink of an eye. I just wish I didn't feel like a second class citizen every time someone asks what I do and I say "I'm a mom". Obviously this is one wish that is just a work in progress (as seen from all of my previous posts)!

6) I wish it wasn't so hard to live up to our principles. The mess in the Gulf has me thinking about that bible verse about being good stewards of the earth (Isn't there a bible verse like that?) and feeling very guilty that we aren't being good stewards. I am even more guilty on a personal level because we are talking about trading in our fuel efficient Honda Accord (which is like 15 years old) on a gas guzzling Honda Pilot. I know, I know. I continue to struggle with what is the right thing to do as someone who cares about the environment and what is the right thing for our family.

7) I wish people would stop using the phrase "game changer". Everywhere I look I see stuff about how this t.v. show season finale was a "game changer" or that product is a "game changer". Even the Iphone slogan is "This changes everything" I'm sorry, but since when is change a good thing? Most people I know complain about change. In fact, isn't that where the phrase "the good old days" comes from? Because someone felt they had a great life before everything changed?

Happy Friday! Check out more quick takes here.

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