A fan of the book and movie, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” by Judith Voirst, I never thought I would walk a day in Alexander’s shoes. But, haven’t we all had one of THOSE days?
Mine started with sitting on a committee watching parents do nothing to help their children succeed in their education. My mind reeling from the thoughts of how a mom can deny her child the education he needs because she doesn’t want to drive him to school or teach him to use the bus system at the age of 16, I finish the committee meeting exhausted mentally only to receive a text that my husband is locked out of the house.
I rush to pick him up only to discover, I don’t think I have a house key either. So, what do two irresponsible parents do when they’ve lost their house keys? Why visit their teenagers to retrieve their key. We drove to see our older kids at their dress rehearsal. After the rehearsal was over, many friends shared with me how well my kids had done. I was already crying because my son is graduating this year and part of that realization was sitting in. But, after the rehearsal and the constant crying, we retrieved the key and headed home.
Arriving home, we found my son’s graduation announcements at the front door. Half excited to see them and half concerned that I was an emotional wreck, I tried to decide whether to open them or wait until I was in a better state. No time for such decisions as we walked into the house to find the back door open. Not unlocked mind you, OPEN! Yes, the slider was open 2 feet and the dogs have just had the best day of their lives running in and out for the last 8 hours while we air-conditioned the neighborhood.
I decided to open the announcements, because truly I’m the most impatient person I know. Left to me, all the Christmas presents would be unwrapped on December 10th. The announcements were perfect, until my husband noticed that they were not. I had the wrong date! Not a day off, but an entire month off. More tears as this day hit disaster status.
But, just like Alexander, I learned something on my terrible day:
**Education is a gift & I’m thankful it is a priority in my family
**Dress rehearsal or not, every chance I get to see my kids perform is a blessing
**Open doors & wasted A/C reminded me how safe our neighborhood is
**A mistake often provides a company the best opportunity to prove its worth
Maybe a terrible day is all about perspective and as Alexander says in the movie, “you gotta have the bad days, so you can love the good days.”