Monday, July 28, 2008

A Dose of Humility

It was a doozy of a week. Not only was I immobile for three days, but two of the kids were sick and my sister-in-law was visiting with her family.

But it was wonderful. Pain is a humbling thing, you know. It made me realize how much my parents do on a daily basis, even when I think that I am "doing it all." My cousin came through, spending an entire day chasing after the children on her own wobbly knee (which, by the way, was operated on on Friday, so her service was truly self-sacrificial). My down-time gave the children the opportunity to show me what they are capable of. Agent 004 made dinner last Monday on her own initiative. It may have been cold cereal served with milk, but it was a nutritious meal lovingly prepared, and isn't that exactly what we need every evening?

I never got the chance to prepare the house for my sister-in-law's arrival, but their visit was probably the better for it. Instead of stressing the details, I got to sit back and enjoy the time they had with us. I watched my nephew play with his cousins and and played cards with the grown ups. I didn't make any fancy meals (in fact we ordered out both nights) or plan any activities. We had a grand ol' time together -- not because of anything I did, but just because we were together.

3 comments:

You Know Who from Boston said...

you are still slacking on the vacation post!

Rockin' Moroccan Mama said...

Those are the best times? I should read further in your blog, but what happened to you? Hope you are ok. Now I will go read further into your blog. :)

Kate in NJ said...

Glad to hear you had plenty of help.
I would be remiss if I didn't add a gentle reminder to get on with the vacation post already. ;-)