Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Waiting Place

We love Dr. Seuss around here. Not only are his books fun but they are full of wisdom!  And we find we relate to them very well.  If you have never read "Oh, the places you'll go" you should.  It's great.  The book is about life and it's ups and downs and stops along the way.  One of the dreaded stops is...

"The Waiting Place...

...for people just waiting.

Waiting for a train to go

or a bus to come, or a plane to go

or the mail to come, or the rain to go

or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow

or waiting around for a Yes or a No

or waiting for their hair to grow.

Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite

or waiting for wind to fly a kite

or waiting around for Friday night

or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake

or a pot to boil, or a Better Break

or a sting of pearls, or a pair of pants

or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.

Everyone is just waiting."

We are waiting right now...for our house to sell, for jobs to call, for a path to feel right!  In the book they leave that place and we will too!  While we are "waiting" we try to do all we can to be ready for our next stop, we also do our best to enjoy the things around us, namely the four little munchkins running around our house. So here are a few things we have been doing-

We don't have a bathtub, so the boys shower and I use the big sink for Titus and sometimes Adele.  Garret thought it looked like fun so he took a "sinkie" one night!

 Speaking of Garret- he is doing great.  He is growing up and full of energy and life.  He is loud and rambunctious but when I go volunteer at his class I am always shocked, he is so quite.  He is even a little bit shy.  It was his turn to bring something for show and tell the other day.  He thought and thought of what to bring.  He thought of bringing Grandpa, a star fish from Mexico, a boat from Buffalo but he ended up really wanting to bring the willow tree that Tyler gave me when he was born.  During his special week at school he also had to fill out a questionnaire.  He answered lots of questions but the funniest one to me was "What are Three wishes you have"  he wrote 1. See a Volcano 2. Go to Texas and 3. Climb the Highest Mountain. 

We have one kitten left.  He is getting big and we are starting to relax and trust that he will be around a while.  A few days ago we went to feed him and he was gone.  The kids looked for him all day.  When Tyler got home after a long day we told him Tiger was gone.  Then a friend he had carpooled with called and said an orange kitten had been around there house all day.  So Tyler went to go rescue him.  But when he went out to get in the car Tiger was there.  That darn cat caught a ride early in the morning rode ten miles, waited there all day then came back home under the car again.  I think he may only have a few lives left after that ride.

Sometimes I catch a small case of cabin fever and just need to get out.  One such day we headed to the park for a quick swinging.  It was cold so we didn't last long our littlest man loved the swing until he got too cold!

 Then Tyler tucked him in and warmed him up.  We love this park because it is close and has "real" swings for the kids.  Trust me I have been on them and it really feels like your feet might touch the clouds.  The scariest thing is how high Tyler pushes Adele.  She is a daredevil and yells "higher" over and over til Tyler gives in and up she goes.  I cringe and yet love watching her face.
 Adele is doing great.  She is still stubborn and spunky but I think she has mellowed out a bit.  She is always singing and telling stories.  One night last week she snuck into our bed in the middle of the night.  I woke up later and was all wet.  The little stinker wet our bed.  She has been banished (we will see how long that last).  She really is fun to have around.  She can hold her own with the boys and pretty much runs the show.  We have been having some battle of wills lately.  I know if I can outlast her for a few rounds it will pay off in the end.  So far so good but I think she might take me through a few more rounds then the boys ever did at this age!

We caught a nasty case of pink eye and it has spread from one kid to the next.  Titus had it worst but is on the mend.  It was very sad for a few days.  I would look at him and his eyes would be stuck closed again.  He stayed good natured through it all and my fingers are crossed that within the next couple days we won't be able to find any signs of it.

We have had several house showings.  Some of them went really well...people liked the house but were waiting for theirs to sell or they liked it but it was the first house they had seen so they wanted to look a little more.  We are still feeling optimistic about getting out of the house.  If it sells we will have an easier time deciding what to do next. 

Spencer has been trying to earn the title of best listener (there is no real title), he is usually the first to jump up and do what is asked.  He is a sweet kid!  I keep telling him to stay little, he says he will try but I know he is going to disobey on that one!  Garret can't wait for him to grow so they can ride the bus together.  He said "some kids don't sit by their brothers on the bus but I will always sit by Spencer".  They are such great friends (most of the time).

I am convinced that the friends I have met here are all "kindred" spirits.  They are truly good people that care about one another.  I feel so grateful I have been able to get to know them and spend time with them and grow from them.  I hope that they all get to grow old together like we always talk about.  They have been a blessing in my life.  Tyler has also felt so much love from the friends he has made.  As soon as people found out about the bump in the road we are at so many people have emailed and called and offered advice and support.  We are thankful for the friends we have here and spread across the map.

Tyler keeps busy looking for jobs, learning about dental practices and exciting things like that- but you can't do that ALL the time so I get to have him around a little extra right now.  If we do ever buy a practice I think we will make a great team.  We love being together and working and sharing things together. 

Since we have no choice but to be in the "waiting place" at least I get to be there with such great people!

1 comment:

Debbie said...

That was just so good to read. I love the way you write, and I loved the optimism that I could feel. I hope you get out of the waiting place soon.

Love, Mom