Sunday, February 10, 2013

Make Waffles!

I said goodbye to my mom, hung up the phone, and promptly started to bawl.

Throughout our conversation, she had said all the lovely things a good mama says, things like:  "I'm proud of how you've handled this," and, "You've been very brave," and, "I know things will get better."  But the truth was, I wasn't feeling very brave.  I wasn't feeling like my trials were ever going to abate.  In actuality, I was feeling discouraged and depressed!

The last couple of weeks have been pretty "bumpy" for me.  I have had the flu and a bad sinus infection.  I have spent hours in Urgent Care.  I have had my ears irrigated, resulting in a crazy bout of vertigo that has lasted for days.  I have been taking large doses of antibiotics that leave my poor tummy in knots and cramps.  I haven't washed my hair in a week.  I haven't left my bed in five days.  I've been through two full boxes of tissue and a gallon of orange juice.  My poor children have watched movies until their brains turned mushy, have eaten a steady diet of Cheetos and peanut butter cookies.


I am tired.  I am sick of being sick.  I really need to shave my armpits.

So--after a good cry fest--I dried my tears, threw my bed covers off of me, and went downstairs to the kitchen.  I rummaged through the cupboards and drawers until I located my Belgian waffle maker.  I did the only reasonable thing I could do.

I made waffles.

Golden, crispy on the outside, soft and flaky on the inside, waffles.  The sizzle of the batter against the hot plates, the smell of the waffles cooking, the pat of butter on the waffle ready to eat, the sweetness of the maple syrup...it was like magic.  It was like sunshine and a baby's laugh and a fresh coat of nail polish.  It was like a friendly text from a loved one and a Diet Coke being poured over ice; a shining moment that seemed to say, "Everything is okay."  It was a reminder of the good stuff.  The simple pleasures life offers.

Life is hard; unequivocally challenging.  There are dark days and rough patches, moments of despair and heartache.  But beneath the surface of our trials--hidden in the cracks of our pain--lies a beautiful idea: We can find joy in the little things.  We can recall the things we are grateful for, no matter how small they may seem, and find a bit of sunshine in them.


When in doubt, my friends, make waffles!           

26 comments:

  1. OH Aleisha! are you feeling ANY better??????

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  2. I sooo needed to read this.

    My was pretty similar, except it was my husband saying I'm a wonderful Mother when I don't feel like it... our 5 month old reverted back to the newborn phase and I seriously barely sleep at night. Everyday I am a zombie and do the bare minimum... our house is a DISASTER!

    I just made myself a big healthy salad, ate a banana and drank some chocolate milk, hoping to energize my body and give it some much needed energy.

    Netflixs has been a constant background sound in our home lately.

    Here's to health for you, and sleep for me! ((hugs))

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    1. Dearest Olivia, I'm glad you enjoyed this post and that is spoke to a place in your heart. Just remember to hang in there, look for the joy in the every day, and know that you ARE a GOOD mother. This particular time in your mothering won't last forever. Babies grow and start to sleep more and the trials you face now will be a memory. Know that I am thinking of you and cheering you on! All my love, Aleisha

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  3. *** oh I forgot to mention my husband works 3rd, so the nights fall squarely on me.

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  4. Oh, Aleisha honey! I am sorry you've been so ill. That sounds dreadful. I am thankful that you either felt well anough or terrible enough to drag yourself up and make something delicious and comforting to eat. It sounds like it was just what you needed. I pray you are back to 100% very soon!

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    1. Thank you so much, JP. Your loving words mean a lot, as do your prayers. I'm grateful for you!

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  5. Oh my poor dear. That first picture of you pretty much sums up how the cold season has hit us this year.

    Thank you for the reminder to be grateful for the little things...that are actually quite big.

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    1. Hey VIXEN!!! HA HA! I adore you and I am always thrilled when you stop by and comment. Thank you for the love! Praying for spring for all of us! XOXO!

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  6. Oh sweets! I am sorry that I can't take care of you! I can't believe ow bad all of these sickies are that have been going around. I really hope you are feeling better in time for me to come visit this weekend!

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    1. I love you, Glam Girl! Thanks for the love!

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  7. sucks to be sick. I love waffles! Really hope you feel better very soon!

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  8. Oh Aleisha you poor thing I am so sorry to hear that you have been feeling unwell. I am so happy for you that you have such a wonderful mum though who says kind and loving things to you but I am sorry you feel lousy at the same time. Waffles sound great and I hope they helped to take away a little bit of pain and frustration and sadness and remind you that after the storm will be a rainbow...hang in there friend, lots of love to you and well wishes for a speedy recovery xoxoxoxoxxoxoxo

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    1. My dearest Aussie friend, thanks a whole bunch for the love and well wishes and support. I'm blessed by you, and so grateful for you. Your message brightened my spirits. I'm praying for those rainbows...I know they're coming! I love you and Happy Valentine's Day!

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  9. Awww Aleisha. I SO-FEEL-YOUR-PAIN! I am so sorry you have been sick, and it makes me so super sad :( Nothing is worse than feeling that way! I wish Maria and I could hop a plane and come spoil you rotten! You poor thing! I seriously hope you feel better soon! It's heartbreaking to see you so sick. And BTW....What is with these crazy anonymous comments. CRAZAY!!!! Someone is spamming your page. Yikes! Love ya and feel better so soon! xoxoxoxoxo

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    1. Ahhhhhhh, that sounds like heaven!!!! You and Maria hopping a plane and coming here to take care of me!!!! Sounds like the best medicine ever. You are such an amazing woman, Kelly, and you've got a heart of cold. Thank you for being my friend. I love you. (And damn those spammers!! Not sure why this page got attacked! STUPID!)

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  10. Waffles do seem to make life a little easier don't they! Wishing you restored health, peace of mind and comfort.

    xoxo
    Maya

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    1. God bless you, Maya! And thank you so much for your well wishes. You've got a beautiful soul!

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  11. I'm so so sorry you're feeling so sick. You've been in my thoughts (as always...even more so lately). I wish I could come over with a six-pack of the beautiful and crisp DC and bring you bags of taco bell. I would take Lilly and Camren out to Smashburger and bring you a dozen Sweet Toothfairy cupcakes. (And then eat 6 with you)! I love you and hope that you feel better VERY soon!
    Big hugs and love! Xoxox
    Maria

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    1. Maria! I love you! I miss you! Come to UT and take care of me. RIGHT NOW! HA HA! This comment was awesome and sweet and just what I needed. Thank you, my friend. (34 WEEKS!!!! AAAAHHH!!!) Thinking about you lots today!

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  12. Lovely post. Sorry for the sick junk but glad you are on the mend. It's amazing what nicely shaved armpits can do for a woman huh! I will remember to pull out the waffle maker next time the goin' gets tough. (Thank heavens for mom's too! Glad yours came to the rescue.)

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    1. Nicely shaved armpits make a HUGE difference! HA HA! Thanks for commenting, Kylene. I love you, woman!

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  13. Nothing like a favorite comfort food to shine a ray of light through a stormy week. My parents used to give me ramen soup with ginger ale when I was sick (or if I was really sick: a root beer float). Those are now my go-to foods when I need to feel better and nothing else will help.

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  14. I hope you feel better soon! I totally know how you feel. I have so many pity parties on the days that my autoimmune diseases are getting to me. I just can't handle it as well as I used to. Peppa Pig and Max and Ruby are sometimes what is blasting through my house on those days that I feel terrible.
    Yummy Waffles :)

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  15. Now when I think of waffles I'm going to think of you and being happy!! I think making waffles with your friends would be super fun. I'm saying a "waffle" weekend where we giggle and eat waffles...right?? Let's do it! Love you girl...hope you're feeling better. So happy to see you Saturday!

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