Yesterday was a Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day. Charlie had to be reprimanded and apologize to the mother's helper and Julia Ellen spent much of the school day alternating between screaming and having to sit on her bed for time-out. The house was a mess and I felt pulled in every direction from children needing assistance with their work, needing me to wipe their fanny, needing me to put on their socks, nappy, pants, needing me to brush their teeth... I spent an hour running to have some alone time and prepare for my first 10K this weekend and almost got run down by some jerk in his car. I have taken to carrying a stick to ward off SUV drivers who perceive a 40 year old woman running down the side of the road as a target, but this guy made me jump backwards almost into a ditch, refusing to give me even 20" of clearance. I spent the rest of the day wishing for revenge and had nightmares about my body being found and no justice being served against a hit-and-run murderer. Will dragged his feet all day and was 20 minutes late to Cub Scouts because he was still doing math at 5:50pm.
Some days are pretty awful and yesterday I really would have given serious thought to turning in my vocation and moving to Australia. But of course, like Alexander figured out, the sun comes up again and presents us with an opportunity to have a new start.