Tuesday, October 6, 2009

"I Get To" Tuesdays

The thought behind this is to list a few things that could come under the category of "Ugh...I have to (you fill in the blank)". However, I want you to look at these "have to's" as blessings of "I get to". We all take for granted such things as our health, jobs, family, friends, etc. and sometimes don't appreciate them or see them as blessings as we should. So here are a few things for me this week.

  1. Last Friday I got to go on a field trip to an apple orchard with my 4-year-old class. This is the 7th year in a row that I've been on this field trip. It was a cold, gloomy day, but the kids and their parents had a good time!
  2. I got to stop on my way home from work today to fill up my car with gas. Just one of those mundane tasks that we all have to do. This particular task usually hurts us in our wallet, too. I was surprised to receive $.40 off per gallon due to my pump perks card from one of our grocery stores! I thought the most I could earn was $.20 off per gallon. I ended up only paying $1.96 per gallon! (Kind of sad to say "only"!)
  3. I got to be "single" mom yesterday because Eric went fishing. That meant going to work, running Sam around, getting Coop's baseball uniform washed, making dinner and being sure everyone's homework got done. The kids weren't thrilled with what I was throwing together for dinner -- a shepherd pie -- and I heard about it! However, Sam ended up loving it. He had 3 helpings! (Coop wasn't a fan.) I had enough left over for my lunch today. (Next week I get to be "single" mom for 4 days straight...another fishing trip.)
  4. I get to make sure Otto gets outside several more times a day than usual. His itching was so bad that I took him to the vet Thursday night. She gave him a shot of cortisone which has made him feel much better. It also makes Otto have to tinkle a lot. Every time we let him outside he just goes and goes and goes!
  5. I get to watch my oldest son go off to school every morning dreading his first period class. He has the toughest and meanest math teacher in the school and has to face him every day at 8 AM. From what I understand from other parents and former students, this man is the best math teacher because his students learn more from him than they do from any of the other math teachers. However, he sounds like a dictator in class. Sam has been waking up with stomach aches in the morning. I try to comfort him by saying that at least he gets his worst class over with by 9 AM. I'm praying that this experience will teach Sam how to deal with difficult people. I've told him that he'll probably have to deal with a pain in the neck boss at some point in his life, so he may as well learn how to handle it now.

That's my "I Get To" list for this week. If you decide to post your own "I Get To" list on your blog, please let me know, and I will post a link to your blog here.

Remember, try to find the blessings in your "I Have To's" and turn them into "I Get To's"!


Heart2Heart said...


That sounds a lot like my daughters Geometry teacher last year. He was dreaded by everyone and my daughter came home in tears most days, but in the end, she hung tough and she loved him before she left his class. Now he offers to help her when she needs it for Trig. I guess so many of these teachers are done with dealing with kids that don't want to learn that they are surprised when they find those that really do want to learn with a passion.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Andrea said...

Praying for GOD to work a miracle in your son's teachers heart and praying for your son to be able to cope adequately and be strengthened and sustained by our Heavenly Father.

Blessings and prayers, andrea

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

Leslie - always love this! It helps me to be more mindful of my "get to's". you are such a blessing.

Sue J. said...

Sometimes you have to dig deep to find out that some people are really people! I'm thinking along the same lines as Kat--being a teacher can be really, really tough, to the point where you forget you're a human being first. I hope that if Sam ever needs after-school help that he would still consider confronting this man. The front is often just that.

Hope you find time to do something for you, keep you energized, while hubby is away. You have a very full life taking care of lots of people (and animal!). Make sure you do something for you, too!