Monday, April 13, 2009
Reprints #211, 227 and 261: Reality Checks
It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to reprint today. I decided to go with the theme of "reality checks" because it always seems like life gets in the way of our grand schemes, especially during holidays. Take this Easter, for example. I planned to make chocolates and Easter breads, to attend the Easter vigil with my family, and to have a relaxed Easter morning watching the kids hunt for their eggs and baskets before heading out to visit family on Long Island.
Instead, I ended up feeling rushed. I managed to burn my second batch of bread because I invited my neighbor's grandchildren to color eggs with Sierra. I managed to get to the vigil mass with my parents and Marina, but Sierra only decided to come at the last minute after spending the day insisting (rather vocally and with attitude) that she wouldn't come. Chase didn't come, but that was OK since my husband was going to lector (be the reader) at the noon mass on Easter Sunday. That noon mass ended up taking almost as long as the Easter Vigil, so we ended up getting a late start to my aunt's house. Luckily, we had no traffic going out. Coming home was another story.
And now, this week that I thought would be a relaxing vacation is actually a busy week. Every third week of the month, our storytelling group meets on Wednesday and we have nature class on Thursday. I inadvertently scheduled a children's poetry night on Tuesday. Marina works today (Monday). And did I mention that my husband decided to cut his vacation short because he had to take a day off last month when he was sick?
The fantasy was that I would take a vacation this week. The reality is that life keeps moving forward. I think I missed my stop.