In my last post, I talked about how blessings can be exhausting. That doesn’t make them any less of a blessing…if anything it’s the opposite in that blessings make the exhaustion a little more tolerable.
How hard is it to not find the joy in hearing a quiet voice talking to himself in the bathroom, “not very safe, Owen” as he’s doing this (Yes, I did have, do I grab the camera or not moment).
You might notice that there isn’t any toilet paper on that holder that’s being used as a step up to the sink. That would be because half the roll is unwound in a pile on the floor. It’d be half in the toilet and half on the floor, but I finally smartened up and got those toilet locks that I always thought only over-zealous parents used. I now know that those toilet locks are important for over-zealous parents and parents of rascals who cannot be deterred from the toilet no matter what. Let’s just say we’re down an ipod, several combs, toys and we’ve scrubbed many of toilet dunked hands. Rascal.
Need more proof he’s becoming a rascal?
Taking a rascal in public isn’t always a wise decision. Late in January Owen and I were invited to speak at the Minneapolis/St. Paul March of Dimes kick off meeting. Fortunately we were stuck in terrible traffic and we showed up for only the second half of the event. Owen saw his picture on the tables and clearly thought he owned the place as he walked through all the tables and kept running out of the room yelling, “elevator, elevator!” (He’s obsessed with elevators and has nearly sneaked off on one more than once.) By the time it was my turn to present, I had completely forgotten what I was supposed to say and was out of breath from chasing him away from the elevator.
This weekend we’re going to give it a try again…only it’ll be on live TV. (KSTP between 8:30-9:00 on Sunday, 3/23 for those of you who are local). I’m already praying that Owen doesn’t come out with his still-favorite-word, “damn it”. Aye-aye-aye, can you imagine? The only upside that I can think is that maybe a video like that would go viral and the March of Dimes will get some extra donations.
As I said at the kick off meeting back in January (once I caught my breath), when it takes all the extra time and effort Owen has given to being able to become a rascal, well, it’s pretty hard to not cheer through the exhaustion.
Either way, wish me luck on Sunday, cause I’m going to need it with this rascal!
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