It’s been a week of ups and downs at my house. Up? My blood pressure. Down? My spirits. I’ve been working hard to get it back down, but it just doesn’t seem to budge as much as it needs to. It’s discouraging. I need to find a way to deal with the stress of Kevin being unemployed and the constant financial juggling so that it doesn’t make my BP sky-rocket.
Now for the “I wanted to hit a stranger” story. Monday afternoon, I took the kids to the local indoor pool, my bag of school books in hand to get some planning done poolside while they swam. We do have an outdoor pool in our town, but Monday was cool and rainy. Anyway, I was sitting at a table by the pool, working on grammar lessons, and the kids were having a blast. A man came into the pool with his grandson, who was there for a private lesson to be held in the lap lane. The man sat down at one end of the pool with his book. Jonathan, playing with his brother, inadvertently splashed the man’s shoes with a couple drops of water. The man yelled, “Thanks a lot for splashing me!”
So, I wasn’t paying attention to my books anymore, I was looking at this guy, unable to believe what I was hearing. Jonathan looked up at him, his face scared and embarrassed, and said, “I’m sorry.” I said to the man, “Sir, I don’t believe it was intentional.”
He stood up and said, “Well, it was still rude. He should have been paying attention to things around him.”
At this point, I could feel my blood pressure surging – literally feel the adrenaline climbing into my face. I said, “Well, I don’t understand how someone can sit next to a pool and expect not to get splashed.” He gave me a rude grunt and walked off, but at that point, the afternoon was shot. Noah was so angry he was shaking, and Josiah didn’t even want to get back in the pool, so we headed home. I have not been so angry at a total stranger – well, ever, I don’t think. Not a good day for the old blood pressure.
Tuesday and Wednesday were better, then Thursday I got hit with a migraine. Ugh. Friday and Saturday were much better days, and we have a fun day planned today. My folks are visiting our church this morning and then taking us out to Mexican food for lunch. Then Kevin is taking Josiah on a father-son camping trip. It’s time for the old “birds and the bees” talk. Kevin has done this with each of the boys, and this is the last one!
After lunch, I plan to do more lesson planning, and hopefully some reading. I am almost finished with The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To by DC Pierson, which is highly original and very entertaining. I just started two audiobooks: The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan, and Not My Daughter by Barbara Delinksy.
Are you spending any time reading today? Which books?
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