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It’s a Hard Knock Life :)

We are in the middle of moving homes in Austin which of course has coincided with my girls being home from school.  In the midst of all the work that needs to get done, I wanted to make sure that I made time to do something fun with them.  Friday afternoon I had grand plans for taking them out to the rock climbing gym, which for more reasons than one failed miserably.  With plan A going awry, we tried doing something else, which didn’t work out either.  We made it home and I suggested going to the pool.  We couldn’t go wrong there.  We show up just as a man came out saying the pool is closed for the weekend because some little kid pooped in there.  After 3 hours of trekking my girls around in search of fun times, I sighed and looked at Sophia and she said “this is the worst day ever”.  We started laughing hysterically.  Being the kind of mom I am, I turned to Sophia and playfully said “Sophia life is full of hard knocks  and disappointments. The sooner we accept that, the happier we will be.”  She, being 7 years old, of course completely ignored me and continued to sulk.  But eventually the sulking turned into laughter.

Sure our day hadn’t been that bad in the big scheme of things, but for little kids with little expectations, it hadn’t quite panned out as we expected.  It’s true, life knocks you down, life picks you up, and how we relate to all the ups and downs in great part will determine how we experience life.  Thankfully, children have the amazing ability to move forward, to remain resilient and upbeat for the most part.

On a side note, I saw a wonderful movie Saturday night which I highly recommend if you have not seen it already, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.  The movie ended with Judi Dench sharing some beautiful thoughts, some of which resonated with me.  “Failure is the failure not to try, and success is how we cope with disappointment.”  So well put.  I’d share this with Sophia, my almost 7 year old, but I think I’ll just let her figure it out on her own with time. 🙂

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  1. i’d sulk too. but i am mentally 7 more often than not.

    June 3, 2012
    • Ha, oh trust me I did plenty of sulking this weekend too 🙂 but thankfully a lot of laughter was interspersed between the ridiculousness of sulking 😉

      June 3, 2012
  2. another fantastic post! & I loved that move too. 🙂

    June 3, 2012
  3. Amy Dole #

    Great experience, although frustrating at the time. I saw that movie yesterday. I loved it!

    June 3, 2012

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