Sometimes we are forced to do things that we don’t really want to do, but that are really good for us. My kids would say that those things are brushing their teeth, apologizing, or drinking water. I’m pretty sure that they would add so many other things to the list, but for now, those things escape me.
Today there was a scheduled power outage in my subdivision. I normally remember these things and plan in heading out the door when they take place, but today was different. Today, I forgot. With my kids on spring break and me feeling tired, I decided that heading out the door wasn’t really an option for us this morning. So, we made it work.
With no electricity, I could not make breakfast. My children could not watch the television or play video games. I couldn’t iron our clothes or go on the Internet…well without my phone that is…so we improvised. My husband had cut up some fruit last night and the kids wanted more. I cut up some strawberries and kiwi and added them to the salad. That was breakfast for my kids. They are fruit salad and cereal. I, on the other hand craved something weird. Remember, I’m 20 weeks pregnant. I craved the hamburger helper from last night and some green beans. At this point, I was so happy that we have a gas stove. I turned on the gas and lit it with a lighter. This pregnant lady was so happy because the craving was met.
My kids decided that they wanted to play in the hallway. They built forts and went to war. My daughter decided to come sit with me and work on her spelling words. I thought that this was all great ways to spend their time today.
After a few minutes of playing…20 that is, my boys began to get agitated. My youngest put the toys away and my oldest decided to read a book. As I sat in my bed, I realized that this was exactly what we all needed for the day.
I had been making my kids spend more time doing things that didn’t include the television. This was a great way to I force it.
Not only was it good for them, but I believe that it was also good for me. I decided to enjoy the quiet and write this blog.
There are many times when the things that we are required to do are the things that are very good for us.
What I think is funny is that I am now finished with this blog post and the electricity just came on.