As we go through another phase of our lives we find ourselves searching for a new family car. The ol' Dodge Grand Caravan has paid it's dues, taken us on many trips, and is now ready to retire. It didn't ask us if we were ready for it to go, the little weasel. If it had I would have said, 'That doesn't work for me.' But alas, I'm not able to use my Oprah wisdom on machinery. So on we go, in search of a free car. ;->
Currently we've found another Caravan and it's clean and all (no dog hair, yet) but my heart just isn't in it. It's the same year as our broken van yet it has crank windows, no head rests for the passengers in the back and only 3 doors. This is a van remember, 3 doors is a bit inconvenient. But I'm thinking, beggars can't be choosers so I'll move on.
We were given the incredible, generous option of driving this car for the weekend to see if it would work for us and while I was driving this car home I turned …
I can not believe the differences in my children's personalities. They were created by the same parents. They are only 3 years apart in age. I believe we've shown them the same love and attention. However, the way they handle situations is approached by completely different attitudes. Amazing.
One has always challenged me at every step, the other has been consistently more cooperative. I've talked and talked with both of them through out their lives. My conversations and actions are accepted so much easier by one of my children, while I can almost guarantee I will be challenged by the other. Their ages haven't made one bit of difference. They are who they are.
I try to keep a sense of humor about this strong personality. She's definitely taught me a thing or two (or two hundred!) about myself. And for that I'm grateful. And... incredibly exhausted.
Teacher assignments arrived in the mail yesterday. It's so fun listening to my daughter on the phone saying "Who'd you get?" over and over. I remember that experience so clearly, although it was many, many, MANY moons ago.
I hope this year works out. 8th grade for my oldest, 5th grade for my youngest. There's been so much drama this summer I'm anxious for the school year! Girls are so mean. From what I understand of boys they just wrestle, or hit, then it's over and done with. They grunt at each other, nod their heads, then go get something to eat. Girls?! Oh geez, we just talk so damn much, and tend to make up things just to make sure our "story" has your attention, we keep getting ourselves in deeper and deeper with the needless drama!
Must stay positive. Think positive. That's my mantra.
* Just a reminder-The Virtual Girls Night Out is back on Fridays! I need to change my button :-> *
Well, my 13 year old returns from her week-long Camp Fire camp tomorrow afternoon, only to rest for a bit and be on her way to another week-long camp on Sunday. Ah youth! It's definitely different in our house without her here. I miss her! Well, lets forge ahead and get going with our Virtual Girls Night Out!
*The Virtual Girls Night Out is for those that don't have a chance to truly get out of the house but still want to "hang with their friends". So, make yourself a cocktail, put on something cozy "what-ever's" and have fun. Leave a comment to let us know you stopped by. We'll do the same and say "Happy VGNO!"
My first impulse was to mention an appliance, or some kind of machine. (Let's say, when my car is working! That's pretty great!). However, I'm going in a different direction with my answer and I'm going to say something that makes my life easier is my husband, Rob.
I am so grateful that I am not in the job of Parenthood alone and I am not in this land of Holy Matrimony alone, either. Rob is involved, attentive and available. Talking isn't his strong suit (I'm writing this as if he's reading it so none of this is a surprise ;-> ), but he will listen, he will cooperate and he will help. Having Rob in my life makes my life easier.