“Shit happens” or so the saying goes. But it’s much better when it’s in the toilet instead of all over the carpeted floor at your mom and dad in laws place. Thankfully the poop mess was in their basement and the carpet is the indoor/outdoor variety in a dark shade. But still. I had been so proud of Luke today, Christmas Eve, until that happened. I have wonderful in laws and love celebrating Jesus birthday with everyone but there are a lot of us in a small space and Luke did GREAT for 3 hours—no meltdowns and mostly happy in spite of all the noise and Christmas chaos.
Then he was left alone in the basement (dumb me!) for a few minutes and the mess happened. After we got it cleaned up Luke and I headed home but Mike and Brandon are still celebrating at his parent’s house.
All this has me thinking….two main things. I can choose to be upset about this (which I was on the car ride home!) or focus on things I’m thankful for. My attitude and focus is really all I can control anyway. So I’m thankful for my family. My brother in law , Steve, who opened the door when Luke and I arrived with a, “Anything I can do to help?”. His wife Carrie was one step ahead with things Luke needed. And my sister-in-law, Kim, created a present for Luke that was truly a labor of love. Knowing he loves playing with ribbon she used scissors and created a big box of ribbon curly cues for Luke! I think they may last for a year!
The second thing is this. If Jesus’ first Christmas was far from perfect (no room at the inn, a cow’s feeding trough to be put in instead of a bassinet) why should I expect mine to be perfect anyway??