Have had a long week away from home. I had to go to TX this week for a series of meetings. It has been a long four days and I am glad to be back. As I walked across the parking garage to my car after getting off of the plane, the moon was a crescent and the sky was striped pink and blue. It was so beautiful and so unexpected that I stopped for a second just to take it in. So much to be thankful for....
The week was a good one- an opportunity for me to meet some of my new partners, and to get more engaged in the depths of my new role. There were times when I felt like my presence was inconsequential, but there were also times when the light bulb went off and I started to feel as if I was making an impact, and closing some gaps. That was good and I am thankful.
Coming home, I saw the grass that we planted almost 3 weeks ago peeking through the straw. So exciting! I pulled in the driveway and saw a little head at the window and could hardly wait to hug that sweet kid. So heartwarming! I walked up the steps and was greeted by my sweet husband asking whether I needed any help. So comforting!
I brought Cooper some Mexican Jumping Beans and a small armadillo. I've started the practice of bringing something back from each of my trips. Usually, it's a t-shirt and a small trinket- I'm a sucker for a smile brought by a treat from a far away place. The jumping beans were a huge hit and the armadillo went to sleep with him. I'm thankful for the ability to bring that smile to my child, not only with a treat, but with all the love that transfers between us when we curl up and read bedtime stories and I tuck him him and kiss him goodnight. There is nothing better.
Things are not all peaches and cream though....I could have used some restraint and some understanding toward Jon after tucking Cooper in tonight. I left a list of things for Jon that I thought would be helpful while I was gone. Am I overprotective- probably. Could he have done it without the list- probably. Would Cooper have had everything that he needed this week without the list- probably not. Would that have been the worst thing ever- probably not. I made a specific request that I didn't think was too much to ask- and it didn't get done. And it threw me over the edge. And I made it perfectly clear how upset I was. And it didn't go well. I'm thankful that there will be another day, and that it will be better. I'm thankful that even when we're angry, we believe in each other and in our relationship.
Tomorrow is Friday- TGIF!!