Y’all know that Taylor Swift song–The Highway Don’t Care? Oops. Just found out it is really attributed to Tim McGraw. But she sings in it and she’s Taylor after all (I live in a house dominated by females who LOVE TS, so my apologies, Mr. McGraw).
The song basically says that despite all that is going on in this person’s life, the highway don’t care. Life goes on, sweetie, the highway don’t care.
So today has been the official launch date of dreams coming true.
*insert MAJOR happy dance here*
My oldest took a selfie with me on Sunday before she headed back to college. “Next time we see each other, you’ll be a published author.”
She’s stretching it, but I’ll take it.
And smile really big.
The littles heard me talking about it, so I told them about the e-book and my story. They were quite excited. They love books, and we always talk about the authors and illustrators, so they can relate and, unless I am way off, I think they are just slightly impressed. I can put together a full meal complete with dessert and I get nothing, but this–this, they get.
Cooter asked if I would be signing “my” book. Funny how much they pay attention. They’ve been to a book signing on more than one occasion and made friends with the authors–Karen Spears Zacharias, Ann Hite, and Renea Winchester–and all of those beautiful people became our friends. So the bar is set very high about how this should go. I explained to him that I wrote a story in a big book with lots of stories by amazing writers. He looked at me and asked again, “Are you going to sign your book?”
So if you see my name in Sharpie on any electronic device around here, you’ll know why.
(He insisted, for goodness’ sake! And have you seen that face? Oh me.)
The thing is my life changed a little today. A dream came true. And I’m so tickled I can’t contain the joy.
But like going to school on your birthday and having midterms, life goes on.
First up Miss Sophie did not tend to *ahem* all of her business on our walk this morning. So I felt the need to watch her like a hawk when we were back in the house. She doesn’t have accidents often, but if she doesn’t go and I miss her signal (and she’s so subtle sometimes, that one), well somebody’s gonna have a mess to clean up.
Second our Princess accidentally poured almost an entire bowl of cereal WITH milk in her lap, all over her gown and robe and the table and the floor and the *sigh* fabric covered chair. What do you know? I was watching the dog like a hawk and STILL had a mess to clean up.
You know why?
Because the Highway don’t care.
We got through that, and I told the littles we needed to get lessons done before we could take on the task our Kindness Elves left for us. (We have Kindness Elves visiting us from England this year–when we wake up in the morning they have a suggestion for us about something we can do to scatter kindness. This idea came from Imagination Tree.) They suggested we make cookies, Maemae’s cookies, today to share–in honor of my story in the book (recipe included).
The littles were eager to get on to the cookie making portion of the day, so math happened.
I sit with Cooter to *ahem* encourage his little second grade self. We are doing some review work right now. He came to this word problem.
We’ve seen this kind before, with smaller numbers. But it never fails to crack Cooter up, and I’m thrilled that he finds it funny. Dear Saxon, you have my homeschooled boy thinking that public school is really wacky with some of the things you say are in the classroom store. Today he giggled so hard over eggs and rolls being in the classroom store that I had a hard time bringing him back around.
And then there was the sock question. Y’all know those things are the bane of my existence, right?
The question was: Five pairs of socks were moved from the washer to the dryer. When the socks were dry, only eight socks came out. What happened ?
So I’m not really sure where Saxon was going with this line of questioning. I mean, I know the math–10-8=2. 2 socks were missing. But oh the joy that boy brings me! I looked at his answer, and he had written, “NOTHENG.”
Okay, spelling’s not his forte, but you know what? He’s right.
And Saxon, you know why he’s right?
Because this is NO BIG DEAL in our house. It happens all the time. What would be a shocker and need answering as to what happened is if ALL THE SOCKS that were put in the washer and dryer came out SAFE AND SOUND and MATCHED.
Notheng, indeed, my boy.
He cracks me up.
He’s also slower than Christmas despite being motivated. Not because he doesn’t understand but because he has so much to talk about. Important stuff. Star Wars. Minecraft. Interesting dreams. Dogs. Cats. Mushrooms. Anything but math.
But they got it all done.
And it was cookie making time.
I know I’m already up for the Worst Parent award, so I will go ahead and confess that mine have never really been a part of the cookie making for very long at the time. Either they get bored waiting on pans of cookies to get done to be refilled, or they make me so crazy that I thank them for their time and move it along.
Sad sad sad. I’m sorry, crew. I’m trying to do better.
So today I got one pan done and then left them to it. I rerolled the dough as needed, but I let them cut and have fun. I really did. I kept my mouth closed and let them enjoy.
It’s Mama’s recipe and in memory of her anyway, so it was appropriate.
Oh but was it an adventure!
I learned something very interesting. I apologize to my Bubba, because I guess we never made cookies together. At least I don’t remember him doing what Cooter did today.
It was a simple task really. I have my Mama’s little boy and girl cookie cutters. I handed each child their gender cutter and let them go to town.
And I have never seen as such.
I walked over to get a pan to put in the oven and–
Legless gingerbread boys. Headless ones. Ones with half a body.
The girls were quite lovely.
Seven year old boys and cookie cutting are an interesting combination.
I finally asked that they cut out whole people as I wanted to have some to share (that was the idea, right, Kindness Elves?). I asked that there be no more body part cookies.
Which sent the boy into fits of giggles.
He even suggested we could share them like that–as puzzle cookies or something. *sigh*
The Highway don’t care, y’all.
(And yeah, I did pretty much laugh a lot this afternoon.)
All in all a good day. Despite running a few minutes late everywhere I went and losing an earring in the process (the hazards of wearing clip-ons I reckon). But I was given grace and my friend helped me look for my earring (found it), so all in all–
the Highway might not care but my friends and family do.
It’s been a special day. A busy one. And one that I won’t soon forget.
But here’s the lesson I want my children to hear whenever they get around to reading this–
First, our washer eats socks. Don’t use socks for math problems. Ever.
Second, if the dog doesn’t go, watch the cereal bowls, not her. They are committing hari-kari around here.
Third, it doesn’t matter how wonderful life is going for you, or what awesome things are happening, life is still life–filled with bumps and bruises and logs in the road. It’s never going to be perfect. But it’s what you do with that–that’s what makes it special and beautiful and awesome. Even in the midst of spilled cereal and lost earrings and body part cookies–keep smiling. It’s never that serious. That’s what deserves the happy dance in life.
Fourth, even when everything seems to be falling apart and the Highway ain’t listening to you or your woes at all–there is always someone who will. A friend. A sister. A brother. An Aunt. You are loved. From both sides of the veil.
Don’t let anything or anyone steal your joy.
And that’s why I’m still doing my happy dance with the book pulled up on that e-reader with my name scrawled across it in permanent ink.
Tonight I’m thankful for all of you. Thanks for sharing the journey and for caring, even when bowls and puppies and earrings and the clock and the Highway don’t care. You do, and that makes all the difference in this world.
Love to all.
(If you’ve missed the link for the free copy of the book, click here. *insert shameless self promotion here* 🙂 Thanks to all who have already gotten it. It’s free until December 4th. After that, it will be $1.99 and all proceeds will go to a program for children’s literacy.)
This right here–MAJOR happy dance. Oh, and the author whose name I share a line with–she’s my Fairy Godmother. HOW PRECIOUS IS THAT? ❤