This morning was one of those days. I only managed to get two [interrupted] hours of sleep. I am a lifelong insomniac so I’m pretty good at rolling with the whole sleep deprivation thing with the exception of when I’ve had close to no sleep and then interrupted sleep. Last night was one of those no sleep + interrupted sleep nights and everyone, self included, woke up crabby. I tried coffee. I tried a little reading over breakfast. I tried to grin and bear it, but there was a lot of whining, several breakfast spills, a threatening headache, an uncooperative dog, and then a bunch of unnecessary drama that made us late for one thing and then another. I hate to be late, so that made me even crabbier. Wednesdays are our busiest days and I started to feel crabby and overwhelmed. When I left our playgroup this morning, I laughed and told my friends I was already counting the minutes until bedtime. I was prepared to give in and embrace the bad mood. It was winning and I was too tired to fight it off.
He squeezed the ever living daylights out of me and then sat back and cupped my face in his sweet little hands and asked, “Did that fill yer bucket up or do you need one more?” Folks, I’m no fool. I let The Ambassador of Joy hug the heck out of me until it was time to drop Leo off at art class and pick T up from school. When we picked T up from school, she presented me with some mom bling:
So there it is, folks: a leaky bucket, patched with little acts of love. It has been a pretty good day after all.
Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
Cait is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, Scary Mommy, GeekMom, and many others. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram
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