Working on the Alphabet

Monday, July 26, 2010


As I write this, I have been at my parents' house for a few days now. I brought the boys up here to visit, and they are loving this time with their grandparents. I, however, have been a bit stressed. I miss Hubby, I've got a pile of work staring at me, and it is hot. Or as The Weather Channel puts it, "Dangerous heat index. Outside exposure should be limited."


That creates a problem for my outside creatures. My wild things who need to be exercised or run every day - like horses. Horses don't do well inside. Even with daily excursions, new toys and movies, I feel like when we are inside, Big Guy and Little Guy are bouncing off the walls. The sweet Grands say, "Oh, it's okay!" but I get anxious.

On Saturday, I rushed the boys to nap time, thinking, "Hurry up! Don't break anything! Stop being so loud! Ugh, it is hot!" As we settled in, I noticed a book on the table. A book that looked familiar; one from my childhood. "A is for Always, An ABC Book" by Joan Walsh Anglund.

"Okay," I thought, "great. An ABC book. We'll get through this and then I'm shutting the door and getting some work done!"

I opened the tiny book, and it nearly fell apart. The inscription read, "Merry Christmas, Dear Courtney, 1980. Love, Mommy and Daddy"

"Thirty years ago," I calculated. Well, whatever. I began with purpose, "A - always. B - be. C - courteous."

I softened. This was that book. I loved this book. And it is trying to tell me something, because surely I am the opposite of courteous right now.

I decided to start again, slowly:

Always
Be
Courteous
Determined
Efficient
Fearless
Generous
Hopeful
Industrious
Joyful
Kind
Loving
Mannerly
Nimble
Obedient
Patient
Quick
Respectful
Sensible
Trusting
Understanding
Virtuous
Wise
Exuberant
Young-in-heart
Zestful

I hope you read each word slowly, because I felt much better after I did. Loving, even - I kissed the boys and tucked them in. Mannerly and Respectful - I thanked my mom for making my lunch. Efficient and Determined - I attacked my stack of work.

Now I'm going to work on Patient, Fearless, and Hopeful - because in order to get home we've got a long drive ahead of us. . .


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One Response to “Working on the Alphabet”

  1. Isn't it great that the right book always seems to appear at just the right moment! I, too, have been a bit stressed and impatient with some people in my life, and this really calmed me down. Thanks, Courtney, for writing this blog. I really look forward to reading it.

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