I love Beth Woosley’s BOTH/AND posts, which she mostly does on FaceBook and she invites everyone to chime in so you should totally join her there. They show that life is so very much more than one thing; it’s messy and wonderful and hard and fabulous sometimes all in the same breath. We’re living this truth right now. Aidan is still recovering from surgery, and while he’s thankfully not in pain, he’s still very much immobile. Our house is also under major construction, and while in the end it’ll be amazing, in this moment it’s sheer chaos. I just received this spot-on email from our Fabulous Florida Friend who stole these thoughts right out of my head:
I’m imagining that you are SO grateful for the people working on your house, and making it accessible, and for how community is activated by this project. BUT I also imagine that sometimes you just want them to all get the heck out and for you to have your house back to yourself.
I’m imagining that you are SO glad that Aidan is doing so well and is off the medicines that made him hallucinate. BUT I bet you also wish you could just drug him so he’d sleep a full 24 hours and you could pass out.
I’m imagining that you’re SO glad he’s feeling alright and is chatty and responding to people and environments so well. BUT I bet you might also want him to shut up a little.
I’m imagining that you’re SO grateful for each other and that you can’t imagine doing this by yourself. BUT that you may be getting a little testy with each other and the different ways you have of handling this.
I’m imagining that you’re SO grateful that you had the time away to refresh and recharge. BUT that refreshing and recharged is totally run out and you’re just trying to make it through the day. I’m imagining that Florida is a distant memory. And that even the alligators would be a welcome sight right now.
Have you had any BOTH/AND or SOOOOOO/BUT moments recently? Give a shout out in the comments section and make a girl feel a little less crazy.