Parenting is a never-ending adventure. It requires constant vigilance when one has young children, and an altogether different type of vigilance when your children have grown older. The goal, however, is to get to a place where a parent can become a friend to their children, watching as the next generation raises their own.
For many of us, our parenting adventures include the classics – the small child calling 9-1-1, the late-night rush to the emergency room, or the creative sibling haircut. Which brings me to my Gratitude Project for this week.
Recently, Lil’ Miss has discovered her nasal passages. In the past two weeks, I have picked one cooked carrot, one pebble, and two Legos out of her nose. Although each extraction has been accompanied by a scolding, her apparent pride as she smiles and exclaims, “No, nose!” makes it difficult to maintain a stern face.
Last night, Lil’ Miss managed to lodge a crayon bit up her nose. I’m still trying to figure out just how hard she had to jam it, given that the crayon was so far up there that neither my husband nor I were able to get it out. So, while we were already in our pajamas, we all got to get dressed again and take her in to the hospital, where the doctor required less than 60 seconds to dislodge the chunk of crayon.
As much as I might say I am not grateful for a small child who shoves things in her nose or for green crayons, I recognize the incident for what it was – another right of passage and parenting milestone.
I’m not entirely sure what I am most grateful for today:
the super tiny forceps type objects they used to extricate the crayon;
the fact we have health insurance allowing us to seek emergency services;
the thought that I am grateful for emergency rooms and hospitals in general;
the realization that we are making memories;
or, that I am able to recognize the humor in the entire situation.
Either way, today I am just grateful…
grateful for my life,
grateful for my children,
and grateful for the love our little family has for each other.
How about you? For what have you been most grateful this week?
Until next week, dear reader…