Our family is undergoing an extreme season right now. It’s too soon and not my story to share, but suffice it to say we’re all reeling and scrambling to find our footing in our new ‘normal.’
I didn’t post yesterday for Book Talk Tuesday because I haven’t finished anything in the last week and I didn’t have time to sit down and blog.
But even though we’re in crisis mode, real life doesn’t stop.
I have a freelance job to work on. I have my own stuff ready to be edited and proofed. The dust bunnies are snickering at me.
Last week, I left the house for what turned out to be a few days and I locked the cat out of the bathroom with his litter box.
The first time, someone else found him in front of the bathroom with his little legs crossed and opened the door for him.
The second time … He had a backup plan and used the kitchen rugs instead. Considerate of him, no?
By the way, this is the cat with the broken leg and a limp who climbs trees and runs faster than Mavis Beacon types.
I’ve never understood that John Lennon quote: Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.
Now, I get it. And I don’t like it.
Not even a little bit.
I made my plan.
We should stick to it.
Or … I could take a lesson from the cat: Have a backup plan if things don’t go the way I expect.
When we left him in the house without access to his box, he made do.
Not in the way I would have preferred, but you know what? He did good. I didn’t have a mess to clean up in the living room. The rugs are easily washed and replaced.
Turns out the crippled cat is pretty good at making do.
Perhaps we can all learn a lesson:
When life throws a curve ball, just keep swinging at the fastball?
Keep a kitchen rug handy?
I don’t know. I just know we don’t have a choice sometimes.
So we keep swimming.