“Try not to resist the changes that come your way. Instead let life live through you. And do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?” -Rumi
My plans for the fall have come to a halt. Or maybe just had to be revised. Due to circumstances beyond his control, my son finds himself needing some assistance in caring for CJ (almost 8) and Beej (approaching 3). Working a 24 on/48 off shift means that he needs more than just “keep an eye on the kids for a few hours” help. It requires at least two overnights and now that school has begun, on the average of three mornings getting CJ ready and off to school and then picked up and homework duty.
Cross Traffic Does Not Stop
Crossing the road both figuratively and literally can be quite tricky. I’m dealing with two children, who are quite precious to me, and although I know them almost as well as I knew their dad at these ages, I just never know what we will find around the corner. (or across the street). Whether it’s teething, an inability to sleep due to excitement, or a classic case of missing Daddy, I have to be prepared for anything.
My life has taken an unexpected detour. I have always enjoyed spending time with my grandsons, and this takes that togetherness up a notch. I am blessed to have a husband who loves our grandsons as much as I do and brings his own kind of grandfatherly goofiness and priceless assistance to our days and nights. We have easily fallen back into long forgotten routines from years ago. I am happy to give my son peace of mind while he works at a job that requires him to be alert and free from home distractions while on duty. I am lucky to have this special time with these guys!
“See any detour as an opportunity to experience new things.”
-H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Corner.
Dr. Seuss was a part of my childhood that I shared with my own children. His influence is sprinkled throughout their lives. Michael learned about rhyming from Fox in Socks. Kris knew the entire alphabet at a ridiculously young age from being read Dr. Seuss’s ABC. We can thank Daisy Head Mayzie for all the little daisies drawn onto the heads of the characters in all of our books, compliments of Kris. For the longest time when I would start the opening line, “The time has come. The time is now..” Andy (then 2 years old) would wail, “Nooooo! No Marvin K. Mooney!” because he knew that it meant it was bedtime. Just last night Michael quoted from Hop on Pop. The list goes on….
And then came this quote. With Dr. Seuss’s birthday coming up on March 2nd, I knew I wanted to use one of his quotes and when I saw this one, I had found what I was looking for. When I began this blog, I had a half-formed vague idea in my head of what it would be. I knew- that I wanted to share my experience as the parent of transgender child, I wanted it to look nice and I wanted to connect with others going through the same thing. It didn’t take long for me to realize that although I started writing here for myself, I needed to do it for others. For every transgender person who has the love and support of their family, I fear that there are more that do not. I do care a lot and I do want it to get better. Even in my adult years, Dr. Seuss continues to inspire me.
You can read more about the man behind the famous name here.
This post is part of Writer’s Quote Wednesday hosted by Colleen at Silver Threading. Be sure to stop by her blog and check it out, as well as a lot of cool quotes.