- She had been playing tetherball at recess. She explained how she had hit the ball and it then hit her opponent in the face. I asked her a few questions, as I felt it was my responsibility to make sure she hadn't intentionally caused this to happen. Especially since she had confirmed there had been tears shed. Her response, "Mom, it's a game. You can't control that ball just like you can't control your hair in the wind." She went on to tell me there is always a chance you can get hurt and if you don't want to get hurt, well then, you just shouldn't play the game. She was eight. This child has a way of cutting through the crap. She can take any moment and make it shine. She often leaves me speechless with her quick wit and sense of humor. I appreciate her ability to say it like it is. Right, wrong, or indifferent....she isn't going to sugar coat the truth. (And if your wondering, Yes we had a riveting conversation on compassion, empathy, sorry/not sorry, sportsmanship, and the importance of being a decent human being.)
Two days ago I received my test results back from my MRT/Leap food intolerance test. I wasn't surprised to find out some of my staple and most favorite foods had made the list. After years of dealing with food allergies I've sort of become a realist. Why wouldn't bananas, pineapple, broccoli, zucchini, tomatoes, cauliflower, turkey, soy (to name a few) make the list? Come on, this is me. The stuff I dislike would never be on the can't have list.
I'd by lying if I told you I wasn't discouraged. I totally threw a temper tantrum, cried, and whined to a few of my nearest and dearest. I spent a good 24, okay, 48 hours feeling sorry for myself. I spent time thinking about all the things I was going to miss and how exhausting this process has been. I was over it. Literally. I contemplated alternative solutions I could live with- Seriously- For example, I could chew Benadryl like candy for the rest of my life...imagine the sleep I would get.
But....I have had a few days. I know it's time to pull my big girl panties up (as my sis would say) and get to work. This isn't the end of the world...or my life. This is the beginning of a new challenge. A chance to figure out how I can make a list of 16 food items and 4 seasonings be delicious, exciting, and satisfying for a week or two. My goal will be to keep my "foodie" spirits up, even if it requires me to count down to the day when I will be able to add more foods. In phase two I earn back/get to test "potato and grapes." Decisions....decisions!
( I know, I know...I'm fairly certain Tito's or my favorite wine isn't exactly what my Doctor has in mind!)
Baby Steps People!
I have no idea how long this journey will take, but I guess that's the fun in it. I can't control what's happening, I can't change it, and if I don't want to play - I can stay right here. I'm thinking maybe I need a little more tetherball in my life.
Taking care of me-
Take care of you!
Happy Friday Friends!