We had an awkward and uncomfortable parenting situation the other night. No details necessary; I find it best just to pack up the lessons learned and move forward when challenged as a parent, leaving the messy details behind. This of course is easier said than done. Nothing rankles my nerves or ruffles my feathers quite like tough parenting moments.
George is a different kind of bird, though. While I run around with my feathers all askew, he sits calmly. Like a water bird, everything just rolls right off his back. Over the years, he's learned how to use his cool calm to smooth my feathers.
"You know the great thing? We have tomorrow," he said as I stood fretting.
He was right. The next day things were much better. The moment had passed, and with a little perspective I was able to pack up the lessons I had learned. Lessons which will no doubt prepare me for my next parenting challenge. The foremost lesson is that we have tomorrow.
These daffodils were straining under the weight of snow, but by the next day the snow was gone and the daffodils once again stood tall. Tomorrow has the ability to remove many a burden; it may just be the perfect antidote to stressful situations.