March 25, 2016 by Ellen V
It’s the evening of Good Friday, 2016. It’s our first holiday without extended family since Sidney was born. We’re attempting to soak it up.
Jane has been struggling lately. We’ve been struggling with how to parent her. She is high-energy, strong willed, and in it for the laughs. She’s also been napping less frequently, so she’s tired. She has some good days but lots of bad ones. Tonight’s tantrum was about not being able to have envelopes for her latest art project. It lasted a full-on half-hour. Last night it was about not having her own soccer ball at soccer practice. Life at four is not all it’s cracked up to be, folks.
On the other hand, most of our day was beautiful. Sunny and 70. I wound up with both girls at Stations of the Cross, attempting a little prayer time. We got into the church and I knew immediately it was going to be a rough hour, if we even made it that long. But, as the thought crossed my mind to maybe just leave for the park, an older man walked in and announced that Stations would be happening outside in four minutes! Hooray! We ditched the diaper bag, grabbed the stroller, and enjoyed the sunshine and dandelions! Afterward, our neighbors came over and all five kids ran around for a solid two hours. It was glorious.
Jane says today is Good because “God died, but don’t worry, he came alive again.” It’s also Good because sunshine, friends, family.