Today had potential to be horrible.
Thankfully it wasn't!
I got to go to my coupon club, finally got rid of a nasty headache, had minimal power struggles with my kiddos, actually enjoyed time with my mom, got to play tennis during some kid-free time with a great friend and then even had a great chat over some coffee.
One thing that made today so great was the time with my mom. She and I certainly don't have a great relationship--sometimes it's hardly even a relationship at all.
Today, however, she and the kids enjoyed some time together and I was able to finish up a few chores while they played. Then we all had a good lunch and then she and I were able to spend some time catching up.
It was a surprisingly balanced visit.
I used to keep busy with chores when she'd visit. Before she moved closer to us and would come to stay, I did a lot more cooking. It was just easier to spend time with her if I didn't have to give her my undivided attention.
Today, though, I even asked how her doctor appointment went last week. A huge part of me didn't want to ask--not because I don't care, but because I don't know what I can believe.
She recently spent some time in the hospital and told me the doctor advised her to apply for hospice because she only had 6 months to live. I took that story with a grain of salt and later found out that, yes, her heart has been weakened by her lifestyle, but that she is in decent health all things considered.
SO, back to her appointment last week. He doctor told her things weren't as dire as she thought, and really that she's ok.
I was impressed she'd even tell me that. That story doesn't attract the attention that the hospice story did--but she was honest and that was great.
I was even able to finish the day with a step towards my goal of exercising several times a week! I'd say today was a success. Now let's see what tomorrow brings...