A Weekend of Life Lessons

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Gold Medal Finalists!

Gold Medal Finalists!

It was a weekend of life lessons for me.  First hockey tournament with my youngest daughter.  First time trying to effectively parent while living with incredible, debilitating pain.  First time letting my housework fall to the side in exchange for some quality time with my family.  First time meeting some new and amazing people who will become great friends as we are forced to live and breathe each other’s arena air.

We have two daughters involved in what some would say, a crazy amount of activities.  Hockey, gymnastics, band, guitar, art classes and more.  There are some days, weeks, months, where I feel like there is no way I can accomplish anything outside of my regular day to day life.  But what I’ve discovered, is that, it’s not just me teaching my girls about life and how to find their way in it, it’s them teaching me how to live life and find my way in it.

Our youngest daughter, who is 7, played 5 games of hockey in 3 days and not once complained about having to do so.  Our oldest daughter, who is 11, got her regular bee venom injection Friday, which is a double shot of venom into both her arms, in lots of pain and still went on to play hockey that day and in the 6 months she has been receiving these painful shots, has not once, cried or complained.  I also watched the same daughter, patiently watch her sister, most likely wishing she was anywhere else, play hockey without Wifi to entertain her.  I also watched the same daughter, play hockey the next day in a position she had never played before and rise to the challenge.

And this morning, I watched both girls get up, with smiles and giggles, and get ready for school without a single complaint, while listening to me grumble and hobble around and create chaos all around me in a rush to get out the door.  The youngest, wearing her hockey gear and her gold medal and the other, frantically studying for a test and at the same time, chatting about her new sculpting class starting tonight.

I often get asked, how can you find the time to write a book and work full time and parent?  It’s actually pretty easy looking at it today.  I am extremely lucky, in that I have a true partnership with my husband, and I have 2 respectful and easy going, hard working kids who show me how to fit it all in and still love what you’re doing.  So, if you see me at the arena, typing away on my computer during practice, or walking the track, or walking to the arena to get my three days per week exercise in, or doing something other than sitting there wishing I was somewhere else getting stuff done, know that I’m choosing to use my kids as an example of hard work rewarding me with great results, but feel free to sit down and chat.  That’s the last thing I learned from my kids this weekend. No matter how busy, or how tired they are, they always have time to laugh and play with their friends!

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