Well. Yesterday was kind of sucky in that I had my face drilled out for just over two hours by an old school and very, very rough endodontic expert only to hear that he can't get the drill bit out of the root of my tooth and that after about 10 grueling hours of work on that poor tooth in the last two weeks - I should consider having the tooth pulled. LIKE I EFFIN' ASKED FOR TWO YEARS AGO. That was a kick in the dink, but the good news is that it didn't totally throw my day because I came home to two really happy kids and two GOOD DOGS and happy kids and good dogs are quite delightful to be around. Even if your teeth hurt so much they make your face feels like it's being twisted off.
The dental work was completely overshadowed by the five really amazing gifts that I saw over the last couple of days:
- My friend Susan Probetts (from Colorado) popped in to Aubrey House for a minute last Friday and caught me at a particularly off point in my day. I was tired and stressed and over-done. She raced back to her car for "just the thing" she thought I needed and I'm pretty sure that when she handed me the Black Currant Bach Rescue Pastilles she had no idea that she handed me a flooding of memories. My Baba (Ukrainian for grandma) used to have little black currant candies just like that - in a tin just like that - that I have never seen anywhere else. I used to hide away and eat the entire box. My Baba passed away a few days after Pilot was born. In the flurry of activity that is giving birth to your first baby I wasn't alright to fly and I didn't make it to her funeral back home and I sometimes feel like maybe my family thinks that because I was far away and didn't get a chance to see her as often that maybe I don't miss her as much. And that would be so false. I miss her. I also have a very firm belief that she's with me. She was definitely with me on Friday. Thank you Susan.
- Shortly after Susan left - I got a package delivered in the mail from my friend Paulette (from Nova Scotia). It was an amazing card she crafted up with a truly amazing pair of earrings that she had made for me with the words LOVE and LIFE. Extra, extra special because they were pieces of text from The Prophet by K. Gibran (one of my all time favourite books). I'm sure that I never mentioned that to her so it was just Paulette being awesome and saying/sending/being the perfect thing at the perfect time. Thank you Paulette.
- Awesome Tamara came to watch the girls and she also brought them (AND EVEN ME!) the most adorable outfits. Tamara, you are so good to us. We love you! Thank you!
- Norman, Crash and I walked a long walk to the far park. That might not seem like a gift, but it's something Crash and I used to do daily - long before Dan came around. The gift part was getting to spend some time with the dogs in a peaceful and mututally enjoyable activity. Crash is a stellar leash dog and Norman did great. He's going to be awesome. I love walking with good walking dogs.
- And definitely not least, yesterday Doris (a friend I have never met) sent me an amazing email with some encouraging words that were so nice and so genuine that it touched my heart that she took the time to make sure that I knew what she knew and that is that we all do our very best and to keep on. Very timely, Doris. Thank you so much. I needed that.
So as crappy as my tooth feels and as horribly wrong as the day was geared up to go - it turned out very alright. Actually - much better than just alright - it was good. Here's a couple of shots from the last few days, of June's photo-a-day. (Crash didn't make the cut ONLY because he's not much of a lapdog and these are from iPhoto on my laptop).
Today: My girl tribe and I are going to cut ourselves some slack today. We're going to lounge around, visit with friends and enjoy the cooler temperatures. Pilot is potty training herself and it's been so fun to see her making great strides and taking great pride in her progress. Good thing she knows what she's doing because I DON'T HAVE A CLUE HOW TO POTTY TRAIN! It's like she grew up overnight. I think that Norman has been the key to getting her on the right track. GO FIGURE THAT ONE OUT. [Tomorrow is a holiday here in Canada. Welcome July. Maybe I will get a chance to paint? Yay.]