Let me transport you…
To a different place. A different time.
A place…so familiar that you swear you’d been there before...
[A mum and two young children are mid-way through a morning of errands. A toddler is in the pram, warming up for a full-blooded tantrum. He is clearly not loving the shopping experience.]
[A cheeky three-year-old giggles as she sneakily pops something into her mouth, chewing happily.]
[Her mum catches sight and, knowing the pleasure this girl seems to get from sticking foreign objects in her mouth and up her nose*, is immediately concerned.]
MUM: Isla, what’s in your mouth?
ISLA: (Giggles and mumbles.)
MUM: Isla. What’s in your mouth? What are you chewing on?
ISLA: (Giggles) Nothing.
MUM: No, Isla. Can you tell mummy what’s in your mouth right now? Is it chewing gum?
ISLA: (Enjoying this game) Nothing. Heehee!
MUM: Isla, I am serious. Tell me right now. Have you picked something up off the floor and put it in your mouth?
ISLA: (Giggles.) Nooo.
MUM: Well, tell me what’s in your mouth.
MUM: What was that?
ISLA: I SAID IT’S SNOT!
MUM: …… Uhh…
I tell you this not only to gross you out (although, it is pretty gross) but to remind you:
Whatever your current battle, wherever your life is taking you, whoever you’re struggling with or misunderstanding – others have gone before you. And others will follow.
You are not alone.
Unless you are eating snot. Then… well, you are on your own.
- Rely on your support network – that’s what they’re there for.
- Ask for help – people are there for you.
- Opt for happiness – it’s yours for the taking.
This weekend will be all about rest and recovery. Damn you, flu! (shakes fist.) Well, recovery and writing. (Pumps fist.)
How are you spending your weekend?
(*Before she was 3, Isla had swallowed a 2-inch screw and stuck not one, not two but three pieces of dried apple up her nose, resulting in an operation. So you can understand my concern.)