In a previous post I announced that the members of PNA were participating in a 5K charity run for pancreatic cancer. It was a rare opportunity for our PNA family to join with the rest of our family to enjoy some time together.
The event was highlighted by the participation of a number of pancreatic cancer survivors and perfect weather for an outdoor activity.
There were many serious runners at the event. But, it is a charity event, so there were also a number of walkers.
And there were some who did both, run and walk.
And then there were some who ran and walked… and were carried!
These events contribute millions of dollars to advance research, support patients and create hope.
The funds raised through these events help provide personalized support for pancreatic cancer patients and support research grants and advocacy efforts to increase federal pancreatic cancer research funding.
My father was an English teacher and among the courses he taught during his career was English Literature. Unfortunately, the ability to read and understand Shakespeare was not a skill that he passed on to me.
So, if you are a Shakespeare illiterate like me, let me quickly explain the context and meaning of this quote and then I will get on with my story.
This declaration is made in reference to Cardinal Wolsey, the main villain in the play. Wolsey’s intrigues included attempting to keep Anne Boleyn from the king. When his downfall came, the cardinal recognized the futility of his ambitious pursuit for wealth and power and found an inner peace he described as a “fortitude of soul.” The character in the play who spoke these words described the cardinal’s transformation as “the blessedness of being little.”
I’ve been home recovering from an illness for most of a week. My recovery didn’t allow me to take care of the kids, so Conner picked them up at daycare, fixed them dinner, and got them to bed in the evenings. Then she came back in the mornings and fed them breakfast and got them ready and took them back to daycare.
When I started this blog I promised that I would not resort to bathroom or potty humor. But bathroom training is certainly an important part of parenting young children and some stories just need to be told!
Bathroom training is particularly challenging for a single parent with multiple children and/or children of the opposite sex for several reasons:
You don’t have a personal understanding of how the plumbing works in the opposite sex children.
You don’t exactly know the proper procedure for completing the job in opposite sex children.
You have to take them into public restrooms for the opposite sex. While it’s not so bad to take a young boy into the women’s restroom, I find it objectionable to take a young girl into the men’s restroom. (No disrespect intended to my fellow males, but I just don’t want my little girl watching to see what you’ve got while you’re standing at the urinal and I’m sure you don’t want her watching you!)
When you have more than one child and only one needs to go, then you have to take them both into the restroom.
I love to read non-fiction books, particularly history and biography. And, I like to go to the movies. And I like to watch news, sports, and movies on television. But much of my current literary interests can be found in children’s books, videos, and television programs.
Trying to keep up with the toddlers, I can’t even tell you what’s going on in world events. I don’t know what the latest blockbuster movies or bestselling books are. And I don’t even know if my favorite sports teams are winning or losing.
I’m not saying this to complain. I’m saying this to explain that if there’s any personal development taking place in my life, it’s going to come from children’s books, animated videos, or kid’s television programs.