In the last couple of weeks, so many things have gone wrong. Broken glasses x7. Broken hoover x1 (what WOULD the Health Visitor say?). Injured back (mine). Lots of minor injured knees and scratches from the cat and so on (all three children in turn have been in tears at the sight of blood this week). Clothes outgrown when there is so little money to go to sorting out more (with the accompanying dilemma of whether to wait and get what we want or buy cheap things now and regret it).
Tempers have been frayed and things have been thrown (by Morgan mostly) and doors have been slammed (by Jenna mostly). A favorite book got torn. A favorite doll got tomato on her and won't come quite clean. A mobile phone got put down the toilet by a certain exploring toddler...
The things that cheer me up are usually relational ones. Happy moments with the children, or even stressful moments in which I know I did the right thing, or spotted an unexpected glimmer of maturity from an unhappy or angry child who would normally have gone on the attack. The exact thing I needed to hear from a friend (in words, or more often not). Then there are the "cosmic" relational moments, joy in where I am, in prayer, in scripture, in understanding something about myself or the people around me.
However there are weeks when I will settle for the joy of a good second hand sale and some parcels through the door. It has been many years since I understood the pull of retail therapy - but let's call this the alternative equivalent.
New fabrics to make clothes for Jenna (Whipstitch on etsy - very speedy delivery and gorgeous fabrics).
Second hand non-matching glasses to replace the broken ones (more than replace, let's face it, but hey - 10p each). A new glass jug as the big one has a chip out of the rim. Some little bowls and non-matching dinner plates and a pair of tap shoes in Jenna's size. :)A book I have wanted for a while - 10p again!
And some gorgeous dresses for Jenna, just her size and just her style.A very naughty friend (you know who you are) replaced the broken mobile phone, too.
Oh yes, some things have gone right. And if life can't totally settle back to normal, at least some of the things that I feel I can do right, are, right now, as right as they can be.