Today, I did something I swore I’d never do, and I actually feel good about it; I agreed to start one of my kids on medication for ADHD. But that is actually a story for another day. I also spent more than six hours with three kids going to appointments and running errands, only to follow that up with schoolwork, homework, open house, and dealing with one bullied chicken. I am exhausted, but I am also very grateful.
While we were in the office with our pediatrician (perhaps my new best friend after today) discussing medication and fighting over who had to get their flu mist first, somebody hit my car. He didn’t do much damage and he was very nice about it. I could choose to be annoyed by the time I will lose dealing with insurance companies and getting the car fixed, or fretting about the fact that I will have to replace a couple of my bumper stickers, but really, why bother?
Our other appointment was the dentist. Before today, I had always brought all three of my kids for their cleanings at the same time. It is utter chaos, but it’s over in an hour. Today was just Calum and Duncan. The very nice temporary dental hygienist commented, “your house must be vey lively.” Understatement of the year. Maybe that was in response to the number of times I asked Duncan to stop touching the instruments or balancing on the top of the chair, but it was more likely when he accidentally spit all over the side of the little sink and the floor. While bothered by the bloody spit in the sink, Duncan barely blinked when told he had to have one of his baby teeth pulled because it is infected. His very appropriate response was, “does this happen to other people?” He may be catching on to his tendency to be the kid prompting the comment, “huh, I’ve never seen this before.”
The pleasant surprise of the day came in the pharmacy when I learned the name-brand medication that we though might not have been covered by insurance turned out to be only $20.21. I’m sure when January comes and we go back to pre-deductible health insurance coverage, I will not feel the same way.
So, I am grateful to have a life filled with little things to worry about, like my car, Princess Leia, my picked-on chicken, and the fact that Owen didn’t get all the work I had planned for today done. I am grateful that my husband and I are both gainfully employed and have things like health and dental insurance. I am grateful that I am able to choose to see the glass as half-full because otherwise, I might be on a first-name basis with all of the employees at the NH Liquor Store, though I admit that I am enjoying a glass or two of moscato as I write this. And now that they are all in bed, I am grateful for my healthy, happy, funny, “lively” kids.