Life recently threw us a curve ball. We had to find new childcare for our adventurous three-year-old (long story), and boy, was it stressful! Three weeks of calling in favors from family & friends, taking PTO days and working flexibly at home as needed. After a rigorous search, we made a selection and look forward to starting there tomorrow!
Our situation was temporary. Things could have been much worse. In times like these, we have a choice: gratitude or a grr-attitude. There were many days I complained, had mommy meltdowns and worried about our next steps….the “grr” was winning. But I can reflect on this experience, one of the hardest and saddest ones we’ve had as parents, and say I have learned gratitude.
I am thankful for my husband who put up with my anger, tears, complex analysis for every new place we looked at. I don’t know how you love me some days, but am glad you choose to.
I am thankful for our “squad” who showed up in force to take our son for a day (or “many” days over this period) so we could go to work.
I am thankful for our son, who learned flexibility. Every day was different and he just went with the flow. On the other hand, it must have been having to go to the zoo, swimming, picking blueberries, painting, etc. with people who love you so much!
I am truly thankful for many friends and coworkers who just listened to us share our story and let us process the happenings out loud. And my boss, who once again, shows me what a good manager looks like.
I am thankful for making the most of the craziness, enjoying special family moments before summer escaped us.
I am most thankful for divine intervention. We waited for one program to get back to us while their director was out of the country on vacation. They never did even call us to let us know whether or not they had a spot for us, but thank God we kept looking and found a place that seemingly will fit our needs better and offers before and after school care in our school district, WITH bus accommodations, once we enroll in elementary school.
I appreciate happy thoughts, well wishes and prayers from anyone reading this as we embark on this new adventure. And I hope when I am faced with my next life crisis that I will choose gratitude.