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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Ode to Potty Training

Oh how I love to potty train
when all my time goes down the drain.
He sits and stands and sits some more
and when he's through, the pee's on the floor.
I cheer and smile and praise and beam
but deep inside I'd like to scream.
And when he's mastered number one
number two comes at a run.
Or perhaps it's me that has to run
poop, to him, is loads of fun.
Poop is fun right in his pants
and on the floor as he does a dance.
But never fear, I'll persevere
I'll make it through this potty nightmare.
And then one day I'll stand and shout
I'll laugh and laugh as I think about
all the money that I'm not spending
and the way I'm no longer depending
on those horrible, nefarious things
diapers, wipes and greasy creams.
Celebrate and shout hooray!
Then tell me quick, the bathroom, which way?

Friday, October 3, 2008

I'm 36 for a moment....

I've been thinking a lot lately about life, the universe and everything. I'm now officially closer to 40 than 30, and, according to the media, the world is falling down around our ears. There are terrorists out to kill us all, our role models are untrustworthy, drug dealers and criminals are free to threaten our children, and the economy's going to heck in a handbasket.

Since I'm now indisputably an adult, this has all suddenly become my concern.

Well, I have to say, I'm content. At this moment I have food in the cupboards and clothes in the closets. The cars are both registered, running, and full of gas. I have family and friends who love me and there's even a little money in the bank.
My spacious home has a sound roof and unbroken windows. Each of my children has a comfortable bed. The furnace is working and has a new filter. The running water is hot or cold according to my desire and the toilets don't leak. Did I mention that three policemen live within a block of my house?
I have many talents and ample opportunity to develop them. There are people who find pleasure in my company. I've learned to be grateful for all I have and for who I am. My Father in Heaven loves me and has provided generously for me all my life.

The world is truly a beautiful place when fear is released and gratitude is its replacement.
Hopefully my emotional setbacks will become fewer and fewer and I will be able to consistently be grateful no matter what my circumstances. Now that I've discovered a life filled with joy, I don't want to go back. But really, tomorrow will take care of itself.

I'm thrilled to be 36 right now for a moment. Even as the world falls down around my head I look back and see love and look forward and see adventure. What a wonderful, unique life I've lived so far! I can't wait to see what the future brings!