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April 18, 2011

And then the universe laughed in my face

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There are some days that end like this: F finally walks through the door, I hand him a baby, give him an update and tell him I'm leaving. Not forever, of course. Just for now. For twenty minutes, or an hour. However long it takes for the ringing in my ears to subside, for sanity to return.

I get in the car, turn up the radio, roll down the window and just drive. No destination, no grand plan, no screaming or chattering from the back seat. Just music and breeze and freedom. Today I ended up at the ocean, as I usually do.

I got out of the car, coffee from the drive-thru Starbucks in hand, and walked down to the beach. The air was still cold, but it carried the scent of spring. Cherry blossoms and freshly cut grass. And perspective slowly returned: A crying baby, a broken vase, a dirty house, a lunch time tantrum ("Fine. I'm never eating anything ever again!") - frustrating as hell, sure, but not worth losing it over.

And then I felt a slight thump on my shoulder. Was it a friend who happened to be out wandering the same stretch of beach? A stranger stopping to chat about the gorgeous day? The hand of God, maybe, reaching out to tell me that everything is going to be okay?

No. It was bird shit. On my shoulder, in my hair, and seeping down my back.

Some days just suck.

(ps - Project Happy is still underway... but it took a time-out today.)

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Haha, oh gosh. I know this feeling <3 Thank you for writing this. Some days ARE just shit, but at least we can try to giggle about it a little!

Posted by: Desiree Fawn | Apr 18, 2011 8:34:02 AM

bird shit...isn't that good luck!! ;)

Posted by: brandee | Apr 18, 2011 8:24:08 PM

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