Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Yesterday, I tried to have a nice, quiet day. I cleared the schedule so that it was a slow, calm day. The girls and I needed this for two reasons. First the weekend was crazy. (More on the later) It was so crazy that I didn’t notice until Sunday evening that Maeve had a cold and Hilde was headed in that direction. So, we hunkered down Monday morning with tissues and books and looked forward to an uneventful day.

After lunch I realized we had to venture out of the house because we were two-thirds the way through the last box of tissues. We got dressed and headed out to the car. That’s when we noticed this-
Yes, snakes in a tree.

Snakes were nesting in the tree, right next to the garage. Two snakes watching us. It was bizarre.
Even more bizarre when you consider the fact we live in New England. Maybe they have snakes in trees more often in say, Arizona. It seems like a desert, rugged, rural kind of phenomenon. Definitely not something you see every day in suburban Rhode Island.

Later in the afternoon I browsed the news and realized that a more tragic bizarre thing happened in Woonsocket Monday morning. An ordinary man going about his regular routine was shot and killed while he was depositing money at the local Citizens’ Bank. It happened at 11am less than a mile from my house. I heard the police helicopters and thought they were life flight going to the hospital. Bizarre and a little scary.

Then later that evening, Daniel made a decision that he has been wrestling with all weekend. We managed to discuss the pros and cons of the issue and I managed not to steam roll a decision out of him. I actually backed off and decided to be happy with whatever he chose. He made the decision and there was no drama, no second guessing and no badgering. This seems ordinary but in our house it’s bizarre, but in a good way.

So, on a day that I set out to have a nice, quiet, uneventful day I realized that in my world there is no such thing as an ordinary day. Each day brings wonder, adventure, tragedy and decision in its own unique way.

It makes me wonder about tomorrow.

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