It has been a tough week for me… and I AM TIRED. And it’s only Wednesday. I think we all experience these back to school blues to an extent. We crave the structure and routine that starting school brings, but it takes a few weeks to really get back in the swing of it all.
Considering it is “Hump Day” (which by the way, if you have not seen the Hump Day Geico commercial above, you have GOT to see it to get a laugh), I thought it appropriate to write about the lows and highs of my week thus far. The ups AND the downs…
This week definitely started out with a low. TWO WORDS – head lice. My sweet daughter had her obligatory case of “welcome back to school” head lice. My heart again goes out to her stepmom because it was once again discovered while she was at her dad’s house for the weekend, so I only had to deal with the stuff at our house and not the actual creepy crawlies…
So my weekend was spent washing sheets and pillowcases, bagging up stuffed animals from her bed, boiling brushes, etc. Thankfully I am very OCD when it comes to sharing any kind of hair stuff (since this has become the norm once a year in our house) so it appears for now that the rest of us are clean.
But WHAT IS IT ABOUT LICE that make everyone itch like crazy just talking about them????? I have not stopped itching since she made the call to me to tell me that they had found a bug. BLAHHHHHHHHH… We were sitting up at North Hills watching a Johnny Cash Tribute Band when she called me and my friends who were with us can tell you that I went downhill FAST. I hate that I have such a weak stomach that the mere discussion of lice made us have to cut our night short.
And then we had to send the dreaded text to Joe’s ex to make sure everyone there was clean, which they thankfully were. Then I had to call her best friends’ moms and tell them so they could check their girls (always a FUN call to make) and email the teacher so she could send a letter home with everyone. I also had to go to Ulta and buy some lice repellant shampoo. Hey, ANYTHING like that is worth a try!!!!
With that being said, it infuriates me that obviously she got it from somewhere and if other parents knew their child had lice and didn’t report it, then it is just NOT OK. Checking their hair is not something I do daily, but apparently I need to make it a part of my routine. Thankfully, it appears we have it taken care of… and I will re-treat her hair on Friday and continue to check her hair daily.
On Monday, my son had to go to the dentist and have four permanent teeth extracted so that he can get his braces put on next week. He has my teeth (bless his sweet heart) and since his teeth are so big his poor mouth just can’t hold them all! I had a headache all day Monday worrying about his anxiety over going to the dentist. It’s hard to know that our children are upset and know that there really is nothing that we can do about it.
I had to miss work on Tuesday because he was so swollen and still had quite a bit of pain when he woke up (not to mention the bloody mess he left behind on his pillow). Right before he went to bed on Monday he also pulled his final baby molar out – so he lost FIVE TEETH!!! That is a crazy amount of teeth to lose in one day.
I found myself feeling bad for being so concerned with my daughter’s head lice and my son’s teeth since the daughter of one of my best friends from growing up was in an accident this past weekend and fractured her skull. Worrying about lice when your friend is worrying that her daughter won’t wake up makes you feel quite silly.
Please please please warn your children that they can get hurt for their inattention. Children these days are so glued to their phones that they can find them in the hospital just like my friend’s daughter. She was on a golf cart and was looking at her phone. I assume the driver made a sudden move that she was unprepared for and she fell out head first and fractured her skull. Thank the Lord her prognosis is good now and she is recovering, but with any brain injury it will be a long road ahead for them all.
There have been some high notes in my week as well and I need to remember Philippians 4:8 (the verse read at our wedding day four months ago today), “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” Rather than be consumed with head lice and dry socket I need to think about all of the good we have had happen this week.
My mother came to visit yesterday which was a major bright spot in the week!!! She came to town and walked my daughter home from school and went with us to piano practice while Joe went to my step-daughter’s choral performance. We then did a girls only dinner at our favorite sushi restaurant (think, “where everybody knows your name….”). We love it there because the sushi is good and they know what we want without us having to order.
After dinner, my daughter went to her room to do her homework and mom, Joe and I sat on the sun porch (my favorite room in the house) and drank wine and laughed for hours. It was so refreshing to have her here. I often wish that we lived close again. When I lived in Greenville it was so nice to be able to drive across town for a quick dinner with my parents. It’s important to me that my kids spend as much time with their grandparents as they can. They are blessed with many wonderful grandparents and they can learn so much from each one of them.
Our kids are each a blessing in their own way also. I am amazed every day by all four of them. My son is such a loyal and honest young man. I am so proud of his dedication to working out two hours a day, while making sure to finish his homework first. It blows my mind that we don’t have to hang over him to make sure he does what he is supposed to do. He does it because he is supposed to. My step-son is such a kind-hearted soul. He wants everyone to be happy and he tries to make sure that he doesn’t do anything to cause anyone to be unhappy. He’s so extremely talented as well. He has just recently started playing the piano at my house and I am so impressed by his amazing talent. My daughter is so crazy tall and athletic. She can truly excel at any sport that she puts her mind to and really seems to enjoy it. She is also a talented piano player and is loved by everyone in her class. She impresses me with her strength and her ability to ignore negativity thrown her way. That will be a huge asset as she grows into a teenager. Finally, my sweet step-daughter. She is so focused when it comes to her homework. It’s so nice to have a child who sits to do her work and just knocks it out without having to be put back on task. She is very talented at singing and seems to get better all the time. She is a definite leader and will no doubt do great things as an adult. She will MAKE things happen.
And the biggest blessing of all to me is my handsome husband Joe. He works so hard in every way to make me a priority and is quick to jump to my defense in any situation. He is also my biggest cheerleader and he encourages me to do what I love – write a novel, coach soccer, spend time with my friends and family.
I have to keep my focus on him whenever I have a week like I have had. He is my North Star. He is my home.
When we started dating we marveled at how often the idea of “home” would come up – in church, on the radio, through Joe’s stepdad in his advanced Parkinson’s disease. Because we grew up in the same hometown, we couldn’t ignore the fact that we had the same home. Greenville, NC was “home.”
But we quickly realized that the “home” we were hearing about went much deeper than our hometown. Our “home” is together. It’s no coincidence that we both wept a little when the offering song at church this past Sunday was, “This is Home.” We know where we belong… and I am so thankful to have him as my HOME.
“And I got my heart set on what happens next
I’ve got my eyes wide, it’s not over yet
We are miracles
And we’re not alone
Yeah, this is home
Now I’m finally where I belong, where I belong
Yeah, this is home
I’ve been searching for a place of my own
Now I’ve found it, maybe, this is home
Yeah, this is home”