Posted by: ppernick | July 11, 2011

Lesson #1 – every little bit helps

I have wanted my blog to have some sort of theme for a long time.  I just never quite figured out what it should be.  I never quite felt I had the expertise in any field to share and impart my “wisdom” onto others.  Although those feelings have not changed all that much, I do find my kids are a tremendous source of knowledge.  The other day it dawned on me that maybe others would enjoy these lessons as well.  Whether the lesson is actually useful or just plain cute and amusing….

This past weekend, while at a picnic, my back decided to rebel.  A muscle spasm had me hurting for the rest of the evening and all next day.  I’m still hurting, but not nearly to the point of wondering if I need to see the doctor.

One of my biggest concerns was Saturday night / Sunday morning.  Generally, I’m the one that deals with kids who wake up at night and I’m the one they wake up first in the morning.  Thankfully, lack of naps and being out in the sun all afternoon was enough to knock them out on the drive home and not wake up until morning.  Come morning, when told my back still hurt and they needed to be gentle, they listened.  Caitlyn even offered me a paper bandaid she cut out for me.  Well, offered doesn’t seem to be quite the right word since she refused to take anything but acceptance and ‘thank you’ for an answer.

Later in the afternoon, I was feeling better and felt well enough to walk across the street and get our mail.  Caitlyn really wanted to come too and quickly grabbed a pair of shoes.  Still finding it difficult to bend over, I asked her to get my shoes then went and sat on the couch.  She not only brought them over, but sat down started to put them on my feet. 

Even Simeon is quite the helper.  I generally enlist his help when I’m busy and Caitlyn needs something – be it closing the screen door to the backyard or reaching a book for her in the backseat of the car.  More often than not, he replies to my request with “sure, sure” and off he goes. 

While it’s ‘easy'[1] to set a list of chores for the kids to do and consider it helping around the house, it’s another to see just how much they help with the little things that are so easy to be taken for granted.

[1] Easy to make the list…following through on that list is another matter.

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