Some days are better than others

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Pack of Terrain boys on Buttermilk

Being Present on the Good Days

I made it through the first day of spring break with Bono’s lyrics stuck in my head, like a skipping record, “Some days are better than others.”

The day began when I awoke from a dream where a reporter from the New York Times was interviewing me and asking me about my success as a writer. “How did you do it,” he asked me. “How did you become such a successful writer with three kids in tow?” And I answered, “Not very well.”

I mean really! They say if you multi-task none of your jobs will be done 100% efficiently but I learned early that being a dreamer does not coincide with being a perfectionist and I thrive off of chaos.

This morning I shuffled to my office and began reading and typing with my eyelashes still woven together, my body still warm from slumber. After inhaling a cup of java, which I try not to drink anymore because I become a bundle of dynamite ready to blow, I made a business phone call where I faked professionalism, not very well.

I hung up the phone completely confused and looked at my watch realizing that I was way behind schedule. I would now have to face an angry Brevitt who truly needs to see an enormous paycheck in my hand to better understand why my computer is my ball and chain. He cut me a bit of slack knowing that Tucker was contributing to my lateness and that I can only be as on time as Tucker will allow.

He is quite the adorable little boy, that Tucker, singing and dancing around the house with that sweet  little  voice, but he tests my patience. It’s not his fault really, he is only five, and absolutely unable to finish a task without getting distracted and turning it into a game.

The trick is, when I need him to get something done so that we can get out of the door I must stay near him, nudging him to stay on course. “Tucker,” I sing as I see him sliding across the floor naked, all but his ski socks, “Did you forget that you were putting your ski clothes on?”

Tucker is not our only challenge. When we got to the slopes we realized that Brevitt’s skis were missing and we had to drive an extra forty minutes to retrieve them, which was quite frustrating, and irritating, until I realized that I too had forgotten something very important, my wallet.

Axel got the giggles in the car as I tried to retain some semblance of sanity by doing some deep breathing. “You sound like Darth Vader,” he said and I began to daydream about slipping over to the dark and evil side.

We got on to the slopes by 12:30, along with the other crack of noon club, and I prayed for deliverance as Tucker whined and the boys sucked down the free coffee loaded with artificial creamer and as many sugar packets as they could open, before I discovered them.

Axel’s ski broke on our first run and I thought that I might very well just become the next “Crazy Heart.”

At lunch, Tucker’s pizza slice flipped face side down on to my ski pants and I told Bono to shut the hell up. Hearing the cashier ask the cute women in front of me how her day was going, I warned him not to ask me that same question. With a smile, he told me that nobody should have a bad day today, being that it was so beautiful outside, and he comped me the slice of pizza. That was all I needed, a great big adorable southern smile and a tiny offering of sympathy.

After skiing we raced to teacher conferences where I soaked in all that the teacher’s were saying about my children who apparently push the rules and think differently than the others.

When we got home I let out my pack to run with the car and  I now have uncorked a bottle of Pinot Noir so that I can taste that deliciously dark and warm essence of cherry on my palate and unhinge the day on paper, so to speak.

Hopefully, tomorrow will bring a different tune when I take my posse up to the Glenwood Caverns for some laser tag and alpine sledding.

Some days are dry, some days are leaky
Some days come clean, other days are sneaky.
Some days take less, but most days take more
Some slip through your fingers and on to the floor.
Some days you’re quick, but most days you’re speedy
Some days you use more force than is necessary.
Some days just drop in on us.
Some days are better than others.
Some days it all adds up
And what you’ve got is enough.
Some days are better than others.

Some days are slippy, other days are sloppy;
Some days you can’t stand the sight of a puppy.
Your skin is white, but you think you’re a brother.
Some days are better than others.
Some days you wake up with her complaining.
Some sunny days you wish it was raining.
Some days are sulky, some days have a grin;
And some days have bouncers and won’t let you in.
Some days you hear a voice
Taking you to another place.
Some days are better than others.

Some days are honest, some days are not;
Some days you’re thankful for what you’ve got.
Some days you wake up in the army
And some days it’s the enemy.
Some days are work, most days you’re lazy;
Some days you feel like a bit of a baby
Lookin’ for Jesus and his mother.
Some days are better than others.
Some days you feel ahead;
You’re making sense of what she said.
Some days are better than others.

Some days I hear a voice taking me to another place.
Some days are better then others.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. Are boys just an absolute bundle of fun or what?! I love the coffee part of the story. Ha, ha! I can tell you were a little stressed, but the obvious joy you have from spending this time with your boys sings through in your writing loud and clear. I hope the rest of your break is awesome!
    .-= Holly Bowne´s last blog ..Balance of Power =-.

    • Hello Holly,

      Yes, boys are all about the fun, the energy and the play and I am trying to make a concentrated effort to not always join the other parents by sitting down, drinking beers and having conversations but joining the boys instead in whatever play they are doing because frankly??? They can be much more fun!

  2. I wonder if all your readers know that you have the longest eye lashes on this planet. To get them untangled in the morning will take hours! Perhaps you should tell Brevitt this is what causes you to be late! I don’t know why but it reminds me of Hayden last night. He heard me on the phone saying I had a blind date tonight….which I did not want to go on. Hayden was concerned that the man taking me out was blind and how could he possibly drive. Funny how everyone interprets the same situation differently.
    Tasha is alot like Tucker, she turns everything into a game or a song. Late for everything. When I gently push her out the door, she gets so pissed off claiming that I am pushing her…which is not allowed! As if i would push…..
    I love Bono. Last time i was at a U2 concert, i wept thru the whole event. Once, when I was with (the lying, cheating, heroin addict) rockstar…we were hanging out with U2 at Jillians Billiards. I attempted to approach Bone and was immediatly surrounded by his body guards….what???…..I just wanted to “make out” with him…..
    When i go to sleep at night and it was a miserable day I think about U2 and that tomorrow will always be better..if there is a tomorrow!
    Love you
    M

    • Melanie-Mouse,

      I think that we must have originally descended from a very sandy desert with all the long eyelashes that adorn our family.

      You had me laughing all the way to Aspen yesterday, thinking about Hayden not wanting you to go on a blind date. Maybe he’s on to something, if you would just close your eyes during your date perhaps you would find the man you are looking for, and not another lying, cheating, heroin addict rockstar.

      I can’t believe they wouldn’t let you make out with Bono! Didn’t they know who you were??? Did you tell them that you were doing it all for the sake of your book? Howz that going by the way? GET ON IT! I’ll help you. You are far funnier and more entertaining than me!

      I love you truly, madly, deeply. Your little/bigger sister.

  3. Hi Jillian,

    Nice article and like the photos too, especially the one framed by the Buttermilk sign, and the first photo is good too, I like the lines of the hill leading the eyes to the pack on the top.

    There is a young boy in my sphere, he too (don’t they all?) has lots of energy and too often those around him are, as you state, more intent on having beers and talking with other adults. I try to tear myself away from that and get him outside and try to wear some of that energy off. I don’t have to run a lot, it is a matter of sending him downfield and trying to hit him with a pass. I am no Aaron Rodgers (and he no Donald Driver), so we miss or drop the ball frequently. In a way that is a good thing, try try again.

    Mark
    .-= The Wisconsin Skier´s last blog ..A Weekend of Abba and Blackjack =-.

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