This is one of my favourite pieces of prose and I think when we're suffering post adoption stress, its worth thinking about our lives in the same way that Nadine Stair (below) has done. I know when I become hyper alert to my sons behaviour, everything can become a bigger issue than it is and I turn too many of his minor misdemenours into mountains when really they are molehills. If he calls me names, takes a £1 out of my purse or raids the biscuit tin when I have said no, is the world really going to stop turning on its axis!!
I’d dare to make more mistakes next time. I’d relax, I would limber up. I would be sillier than I have been this trip. I would take fewer things seriously. I would take more chances. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers. I would eat more ice cream and fewer beans. I would perhaps have more actual troubles, but I’d have fewer imaginary ones.
You see, I’m one of those people who live sensibly and sanely hour after hour, day after day. Oh, I’ve had my moments, and if I had to do it over again, I’d have more of them. In fact, I’d have nothing else. Just moments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead of each day. I’ve been one of those people who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat and a parachute. If I had to do it again, I would travel lighter than I have.
If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later after the fall. I would go to more dances. I would ride more merry-go-rounds. I would pick more daisies.
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