FAILINGS

“It is in our faults and failings, not in our virtues, that we touch each other, and find sympathy. It is in our follies that we are one.” – Jerome K. Jerome

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This morning as I sat down with my cup of tea, my five year old excitedly looks out of the window and says :

” Mommy, Mommy, LOOK! The pink flowers are blooming and looking so beautiful!”

Indeed. I had no idea that clematis would bloom year after year. I was just lazy and did not empty out the planters last fall.. so this spring the clematis have been a beautiful surprise. A white, purple and pink surprise. An unexpected treat and they look especially gorgeous this rainy Wednesday morning.

How I wish I had held on to that moment, those few seconds of pure joy.. admiring the flowers with my daughter. But instead the morning became the craziness it usually ends up being on a school day.

Shoes on.Lunchboxes in backpacks. Hair brushed. Pushing. Shoving. Frustration. Anger. Disappointment. Failing.

And after the kids were safely in their classrooms, those feelings just bubbled over leading to unexpected tears.

But those tears also made me realize that there is an army of mothers (and fathers) who share my struggles, my frustrations. Our kids do that… they push our buttons and we react instead of taking deep breaths and looking at the big picture. A thank you to the ladies who helped me through this this morning.. you know who you are and I thank you.

Have a beautiful day. Its a perfect day for puddle jumping.

xoxo, Rashmi

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