Someday I will be able to....__________________!
I don't know what your version of the above sentence looks like, but over the summer mine looked like this:
"Someday I'll be able to go walking outside and get some exercise without my girls whining that it's too hot, and they're thirsty, not to mention a little bit exhausted! And am I even listening when they say they want to go home... probably not so they might as well ride their scooters along side of me and crash every five seconds until I end up dragging a jogging stroller, three girls, and two scooters home only fifteen minutes into my workout."
It's funny how quickly the Someday of our dreams arrives. Suddenly two thirds of my gang are in school and I'm left with one small child who loves riding in her jogging stroller. It's a miracle. Now if you're wondering what direction I'm going with these thoughts let me be clear that I'm not about to lecture, don't wish away your life because soon you'll be wishing it right back again. No siree! I've been wishing away our summer workout situation for weeks and I hope I don't have to drag the whole get-along-gang with me again until next summer. There are some experiences better left as "fond" memories.
One of the things that keeps us all moving forward is the promise of the elusive Someday. Someday my house will stay clean for longer than twenty minutes. Someday I'll clean out those junk drawers. Someday I'll take all of my kids to school and then go to the movies by myself. Someday I'll do more, earn more, and be better. Someday I'll go for a morning walk without feeling short tempered and brow beaten by the time we return.
The best part about Someday is when you realize that Someday is actually Right Now. Of course there will always be a line of responsibilities clamoring for your time and energy. Instead of going to the movies by yourself, or taking a walk through the neighborhood you'll feel pressure to to do something else. I can only encourage you to be strong. Eight days into the school year I already feel the presence of invaders threatening to encroach on my walking time. And I'm about ready to guard its perimeter with a pitchfork. I've waited a lot of years and changed a lot of diapers to earn the privilege of one child left at home while the others are in school. This is my time. One of my Somedays has arrived. We should be the first to safe guard and make sacred the privilege of a Someday when it is happening Right Now. Yesterday Elisabeth came into my bedroom carrying her shoes. Are we going for our walk today mommy? Yes sweetheart, I told her. I can't wait.