I have been faced with a couple of dilemmas this weekend - don't worry neither are life threatening or earth shattering...in fact they are very, very ordinary and 20 years down the road I won't even remember I had come to these crossroads - ok, forget 20 years - 20 minutes!
The first one is this - my key chain broke. It's not just any key chain, it is my little St. Louis Cardinal man key chain...the one I have had for my entire driving life. I got him at the old concrete bowl Busch Stadium when I was in Jr. High and he has always been on my ring of keys. The chain on him has broken before, the problem this time is that the poor Cardinal man is in very sad shape now...you can't even tell he's a baseball player. Along the road of his life he has had his bat broken off, and his paint rubbed off and you can't even tell what team he plays for - for that matter you can't even tell he has a facial expression. I should send him into retirement, but I can't. He's been with me for so long, getting rid of him would be like driving without a key. Replacing him seems wrong too...its kind of the way you feel when the favorite, solid veteran player is replaced by the rookie. It feels uncomfortable. So anyway I have to decide what to do with him. I'll probably just move down to the next link of the chain and put him back on my key ring where he's happy.
The second dilemma is something that bugs me like a little tiny pebble in my shoe. Huston has entered his cowboy boot phase. Isaiah had his season of boot wearing, and we survived it just fine. I really don't mind boots - in fact I think they look pretty sharp with a nice pair of jeans so I usually have no problems in allowing Huston to wear them....but I was reminded of something today that really bugs me about the boot phase...
That's right spring is here - warmer weather has come and my boy wants to wear his boots.....with his shorts. *Sigh* This is not a look that is flattering in any way, but how do you explain that to a 4 year old? I've tried to just ignore it, to be like those super moms that let their preschoolers wear their boots everyday with everything, really I have, but there is that pebble again. It just looks uncomfortable to me, I just think of hot and sweaty feet - and you know its all about me and what I want! Ugh, I think these boots may just have to be kind of "accidentally" lost some days - what!? He can still wear them to church on Sundays...
Well, actually an incident did happen today that could have helped with my argument, Huston fell while wearing his shorts and skinned his knees - except he wasn't wearing his boots when it happened so there goes that angle, can't blame it on them. He thought he was dying though - poor kid. He took forever to calm down and he spent the rest of the day hobbling around like he was lame. He even missed out on going to the creek! A boy that can't even go up and down the stairs without whimpering can't climb a creek bank...he was a bit disappointed he missed out to say the least.
Look at that sad little face, all dressed up for the creek...
and sidelined with bad knees.
What's a poor, "injured" kid to do?
He decided a poor injured kid needed to go see his Gran where he could get his back scratched and he could practice his letters on the computer. So that's what he did - mom came and picked him up and he spent the evening with them all by himself. He came back in a better humor, still a little overly sensitive (some might even say wimpy), but hopefully all will be forgotten tomorrow.
So that has been a little taste of our weekend so far. Don't worry, Huston will wear his boots to church tomorrow - ahem, with his jeans. (cause its all about me, Mother's Day you know ;-)