Laughing at my self... Hopefully I am teaching my children to do the same, esp. when things just aren't going as they should be.
Last night was my fiance's son's birthday. We ate at his restaurant of choice, the Buffet at the casino. Yeah!!! I HATE Buffet's, but for some reason my children and his LOVE them. So we enjoyed chicken, pasta, salad, 20 desserts or more, pizza, ribs, meats, pierogies, even potatoe pancakes. In reality the idea of getting to choose from all that is a great one. However, the food just isn't that good. And so many, many people touching the handles of everything, over eating, walking for your dinner. I just don't like it all. I always feel dirty afterwards. Anyway, we ate, we laughed, and I pretended it was the best dinner I ever had. He was happy and that is all that matters.
During dinner my younger son started his "bouncing", rolling on the booth, complaining, fidgeting in his seat. It drove me insane. I wanted to scream, but I didn't. I did try to correct it, and at that time, it didn't matter. So I pretended not to notice, and he had fun, and I guess that's all that matters.
After dinner and after the kids were in bed, we sat alone together in the living room to watch tv. I thought about the evening, and we laughed out loud about things that happened. It made me think, we need to laugh. We needed to find the good because sometimes it's hard to see. We are good in that way and often we find the positive [not always, it's not normal to do that all the time. I think...]
As a parent I often overlook and make the best of things. I think that's my job?? I don't always want to spend time at the buffet, or watching my son roll when he should be sitting and eating. But each thing we do together is a memory. And I need to make that memory the best it can be for my kids [ok, sometimes I fail miserably at this, but I do try]. Go make some good memories.... And feel free to post any here! I would love to read them.