We’ve all had them. Those days when every single thing we touch seems to go wrong.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to read the children’s book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst, it is worth the purchase. A friend of mine recommended it to me a number of years ago when one of my children was having a particularly really bad day & for the life of me, I didn’t have the power to make things better.
Whether you are a young child or an adult, you can empathize with how Alexander feels as his day just goes from bad to worse. I think that most of us can agree that sometimes life just sucks & there are days when crawling back to bed & hiding under the covers seems to be the best. In Alexander’s case, it was moving to Australia!
As a parent, it is particularly frustrating to watch your children go through days like this, feeling like there is not a darn thing you can do to fix it for them. Those are the times when a big hug, the words “it will be okay” & perhaps a copy of Alexander seem to be the only solution!
Over the years it has become very clear to me that this feeling never leaves us as parents, regardless of how old our children are. You know the saying, “Once a parent, always a parent”? Truer words were never spoken.
I have yet to meet any parent or parents who, when their child leaves the nest, stands there high fiving one another, & then dusting off their hands with the mindset of “well that was a job well done”! “Good luck my child, have a happy life!”
In truth, I suppose there might be the odd person out there that feels that way but I would guess they are a relatively small minority.
Most of us continue to worry for our children, no matter how old they are.
Just this past week, one of my grown children experienced a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day & I, that feeling of complete & utter helplessness. It was so much easier when they were little & your could just kiss the boo boo to make the pain go away. Alas, it is the burden we take on when we decide to have a family. Thankfully the extreme joy that a child brings to our lives far outweighs the heartache!
In this instance, I am relieved to say that things turned out happily & life is good once again. A few more grey hairs, a few more tears shed but this terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day is but a distant memory. Here is a picture of the culprit that caused so much chaos!
He is now resting comfortably safe & sound back home!
Have a safe & happy weekend!