Nothing says lovin' like your 9 yr. old daughter crying at your bedside at 2 in the morning, telling you her stomach hurts, and then showing you why. My daughter did that early Monday morning, and after cleaning up and spending some time in my bathroom with her hugging the porcelain throne, I thought to myself how the unexpected just thrusts itself upon you at the most inconvenient times.
Don't misunderstand me...I love my baby girl, and being there for her is my job as a parent. But into the morning, I thought about how I did not expect to be home and not at work, on Monday. There were some pleasant aspects to this, like a slow cup of coffee on the deck while waiting for the pediatric nurse to call me back about an appointment time. I did not expect to have all the paperwork I left out on my desk at work on Friday to have to be packed up and put in my office so as to allow others to watch the Media Center in my absence (thanks peeps!!), leaving me in a bit of disarray when I returned on Tuesday. Then, I thought about bigger unexpected turns my life has taken.
Like, how if you had asked me 20 years ago, I would never have imagined I'd be living in Raleigh, OR, that I would be a librarian! Life just takes you on a journey that you were not expecting, and so, I am thinking that even when life gives you lemons (or a pukey daughter @ 2a.m.), there truly is lemonade to enjoy after awhile.
What unexpected things have happened to you?
Jill D. Ray
As Big Al would say, The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.