Last night, Jeff and I were catching up The Voice episodes. All of a sudden we heard wretching and within a few seconds, Michaela coming downstairs. We had already jumped off the couch and were half way up the stairs. “I threw up,” she said.
We both reached for her, Jeff scooped her up and I told him to take her to the bathroom while I cleaned up. He was holding her, rocking her back and forth and said, “Oh, Michs, how are you?” Without pause, she said, “Great.”
Our sweet baby, had just vomited three chunks of dinner over her bed and one on Valentino’s leg (her v-day teddy from Daddy). Yet, when you ask her how she’s doing, “GREAT” is her response. Apparently, even after waking up suddenly because of the urge to vomit. Poor baby. Sweet girl. My precious little love.
Yes, a three year old can teach a thirty-four year old a lesson, even at 11:30pm. You choose how to be. Michaela doesn’t care whether she just woke up, stopped crying after a fall, is tired from not napping or recently vomited in her bed. She chooses to be GREAT every single time.
When Michaela first said, “Great” , I purred at the innocence and sweetness of my daughter. Ten minutes later, I was walking the dog because Micha asked Daddy to stay with her. It was Jeff’s turn to walk Peepers so I was pissed. I got the dog’s leash, bundled up AGAIN with hats, gloves, a scarf and a jacket. I’m sick of the cold! I was irked about having to do my husband’s ‘job’.
So, I started my walk chewing my husband out aloud (fortunately, no one was around). I brought up old stuff; ranted about the nerve he had for this, that and the other. Once, I got all the junk out, I immediately thought of Michaela. “What am I complaining about? Think about how amazing your little girl is! Pay attention to what she just showed you.”
Right! Let all the old stuff go. What matters now is the present. What matters is that Michaela is fine, she just had an upset stomach. What matters is that I have two wonderful children, a healthy boy and girl who make me laugh all the time. What matters is that I have a loving husband who adores me and is much nicer than I am when situations like tonight arise. What matters is I have a sweet dog, who’s almost 13, so enjoy bundling up with her while you can. What matters is that I have a comfortable bed to crawl into, a home to keep me warm, food to eat and money to buy whatever we want/need so there’s nothing to complain about.
As all these realities came to mind, I overflowed with gratitude. How blessed am I? Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” Song popped into my head and I let my body go, dancing like one of the people in his videos until I got back home. My body was moving in a boppy-uppity motion as my head swayed left and right. I got rid of the junk inside that didnt’ serve me. I embraced gratitude and greatness. It’s sooooo much better! Thanks to my beloved daughter, I’m reminded I can always choose to be great too.
I hope your week is filled with goodness, greatness and gratitude for your life. This moment and the people in your life are all that matter. Embrace them until we connect again.