Parenting

One of those days.

She reached over and hit the snooze button on her alarm clock, ugh morning. Sighing, she rolls onto her back and stares at the ceiling. Deep, slow breaths… positive energy in… negative energy out. Her eyes drift slowly to the wall opposite her bed. The early morning light shining through the blinds makes the wall look like a blank sheet of lined paper. Here… where she awaits every morning for her inspiration and makes the days plans.

Sometimes a single line –

It’s going to be a great day!

Other days; a checklist –

Busy Day Today!

Volunteer

Stop by the post office

Grocery Shopping

Put gas in the car

There is always something. However, today as she lies waiting, the wall just stares back at her… blank. She closes her eyes tightly willing something to appear, some positive thoughts to enter her mind and get her moving… blank. She knows she needs to get up, get the kids ready for school, take care of the pets, finish the laundry and whatever else needs to be done. But today? Well today is one of those days.

You know the ones. When you wake up and your eyes are still stinging from crying yourself to sleep the night before. The tears that fell on your pillow because you felt deflated, defeated, like a failure. You gave it your all, you really tried, but it just wasn’t enough, and it hurts. Yep, one of those days.

The alarm clock sounds off once more, and still she is unable to move. Her positive vision wall, getting brighter now, remains blank. Go back to sleep she thinks to herself, knowing that she can’t, but desperately wanting to.

Then suddenly her husband, maybe sensing her hesitation or not wanting to hear the alarm go off again, reaches his arm around her and pulls her close. She sighs, his skin is warm, comforting, and makes her feel safe. He whispers in her ear, “I notice. Just so you know. I see how hard you try. How much you so to make every day great for us. I know it’s easy to get frustrated, but you are an amazing wife and mother, even on your worst day. I am proud of you. Go get those kids up and kick ass today.”

That was all she needed to hear! Happy tears now in her eyes, she swings her legs over the edge of the bed and hops up ready to face the day. Walking out, she never even bothers to look back to see the writing on the wall. She already knows what it will say today… the same as many other times before –

You are strong

You are loved

You are needed

You got this!

© Natalie Morgan Allen and themindofnatalie.blog, 2019.

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