A Banner Day

I woke up at 6:30 this morning and am writing this post at 9 p.m. In between those times, the only times I sat down were riding in the car and for a 10-minute phone call with Hart. And I felt good all day.

I’m visiting my sister and her family this week. She has been likened to a hurricane. This combined with her kids’ (who are seven, nine and 11) energy can be overwhelming even on the best days. Not only did I take it in stride today, I kept up with them.

My pain level has been so low and my energy so high today that I didn’t think to worry about overdoing it. Just now, looking at previous posts that have mentioned my sister, I came across this from last summer:

. . . I realized just how counterproductive it was to push myself. (OK, I’ve
realized this a thousand times already, but it’s a revelation every
time.) I had made myself feel worse than when I started and I had no
energy for the rest of the day.

. . . And it reminded me again of the lesson I should have learned by now. Don’t push it. It always backfires. Always.

There it is in writing — I know I should know better. The temptation to squeeze a little bit more fun into a good day is irresistible.

Now I’m going to do my best to be sure I don’t pay interest on the time I took today. The kids don’t have school tomorrow so I can sleep in and take it easy in the morning. I even have a new pillow so maybe my neck won’t ache in the night.

I so desperately want to prove last summer’s proclamation wrong.

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4 Responses to “A Banner Day”

  1. deborah Says:

    WARNING!!: “The kids don’t have school tomorrow” AND “so I can sleep in and take it easy in the morning” they just don’t go together. Trusty me, mom of 4 maniacs, children! But, good luck with that. Glad you’re actually having some better days.

  2. melissa krauss Says:

    Those times are so precious and make fun memories. I hope and pray that your entire visit is as pain free as possible and that you won’t have to push through any of it or pay for it at all.

  3. Audra Says:

    I’m with you, when I feel good, I want to enjoy every second of it. It’s hard though, because sometimes when the next day is bad, I’m frusterated and angry because I’ve seen a glimpse of life without a constant headache. But, other times even when the pain returns, I’m still thankful that sometimes it lets up… Enjoy it as long as you can…

  4. Kerrie Says:

    Deborah — I wondered if someone would comment on that! Two of the kids are late sleepers and the third is quiet when she doesn’t have her brother and sister to bug. Besides, the benefit of being Aunt Kerrie (and not Mom) they rarely need immediate attention. 😀

    Melissa — Thank you, that’s very sweet. I did manage to have some good times with the kids. They’re at great ages right now and are so much fun to be around.

    Audra — Thanks, you are also very kind. It’s nice to know that you understand the dilemma of wanting to take advantage of the good times at the expense of the next day.


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