Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

How Stories Are Born April 7, 2014

Filed under: Man's Best Friend — Wiley Schmidt @ 10:08 pm
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I wasn’t expecting it. Which made it so much worse. Tears. From the ground up, they happened quite unexpectedly tonight.

It was mom’s first night away during baby Carter’s nighttime routine. You know the one, with the bath time and the singing and the praying and the rocking. It’s a family affair, and tonight mom missed out. And while everyone will admit it wasn’t the end of the world, even I could sense a certain sadness in the air.Use The Force

Mom was busy listening to local residents voice concerns about a cell phone tower obstructing their view of rural suburban life instead of being there. Rocking and praying and singing. I know it probably sounds silly because dad is obviously perfectly capable (and willing) to take over in her stead.

And, I won’t be the one to tell mom this, but he did a great job. I don’t think he missed a single step, and Carter smiled like a doll the entire time. But that’s not the point.

Not when mom doesn’t’ want to miss it. She doesn’t want to miss anything in our dear little person’s life. Therein lies the reality of life as I know it.

I don’t think anyone ever sets out to miss something. Especially when that something is deemed by the powers that be as one of life’s important once-in-a-lifetime kind of moment. But that train is one of many that leave the station every day, and you can’t be on every train. You can go crazy trying, but I’m certain it’s not possible no matter how badly you want it.

It wasn’t an easy night around here, especially since it took me by surprise. I wasn’t ready. But are we ever ready for moments of distinct change? I will never know. Instead I embrace what I do know, which is that no amount of change goes without missing something. But that’s how stories are born.


8 Responses to “How Stories Are Born”

  1. Beautifully written and captures how I feel a lot of the time with regard to trying to capture every moment but can’t ride every train. LOVE the picture. =)

  2. How very wise you are. Give mum and extra big cuddle tonight – I think she needs it!!

  3. utesmile Says:

    I am sure mum knows that dad is perfectly capable , it is the missing it. Still we have to miss sometimes and then again we appreciate it when we have it even more. Hugs to all of you!

    • You’re right about that. Mom has always hated to miss things…she can be childlike about it sometimes. But you’re also right about appreciating it more. She was gone three nights this week at those meeting things for work and when she got to do the nighttime routine on Thursday night, it was joy personified. Such is life. 😉
      Lots of love,

  4. Missing stuff is a built in problem with being a mom. You said it right, W. You just can’t be on every train! I hope your mom knows that every train she misses makes Carter (and your dad) stronger and better able. That’s a good thing. And with you there snoopervising – what could possibly go wrong?? 🙂

    Love and licks,

    • Dear Cupcake,
      Your clever creativity with words always brings a ray of sunshine into my day. I just thought you should know. You’re right about the snoopervising – this is indeed a skill of mine.
      High paw and love,

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