#FirstWorldFriday: My cleaning woman was slow with the laundry which made me late for my vacay.

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This is the second installment of First World Fridays #FWF (check out the first FWF here – it was a wild success!) where I share the frivolous stuff that I allow to occupy my mind, and I turn it into an expression of gratitude. Please do it the same – in the comments, Facebook, Twitter, privately within yourself. Tag it #FWF (yes, I’m asking you to tag your silent prayers) and let’s start a revolution!

FWF: I write this from a rambling Victorian house in Catskill, New York which the kids and I are enjoying for five days via HomeExchange.com (the Victorian’s owners are staying at my Queens apartment). Yesterday when my lovely cleaning woman Sandra was 15 minutes late, then didn’t heed my plea to hurry on the laundry so I could pack in time to meet our hosts/guests in their upstate home on time I NEARLY LOST MY MIND. In fact, I spent the entire previous evening stressed out that the packing/laundry/leaving/meeting would not coordinate exactly per schedule. Gimme a break, Emma!

GRATITUDE: I am grateful that I have a flexible job that affords me time to take off for vacation pretty much whenever I want (last night after the kids were in bed I wrote advertising copy in my pajamas in front of a fire), a nice home where others want to visit, which affords my family a free vacation. I am grateful I can afford a safe, reliable, fuel-efficient car that makes my life with my kids so much easier and more fun. I am grateful my kids are (mostly) happy and (very) healthy so such weekend getaways are about as easy and enjoyable as could possibly be. I’m grateful that my family has a chance to regroup in the country after a few weeks of lots of tantrums and grumpiness, because a change of scenery can be so powerfully healing. I’m grateful that the sun is shining and my mood is lifted from its mild-depression, Vitamin D-deprived winter blues. I’m grateful that my kids and I are all friendly which makes it easy and fun to talk to strangers, which opens up the world in so many wonderful ways. I am grateful for Sandra. I’m grateful for my life and I’m grateful to be alive. 

Now your turn!About #FWF: Each week I will post here about the annoyingly frivolous thing I worried about the previous week. I also vow to devote that energy into an expression of gratitude. Two things are true: Sharing openly that which we are ashamed of (in this case devoting time and energy to silly stuff) frees you from that shame, and gives others the permission to do so. Also: The only way to be happy is to be grateful. So post here, on social media, or privately within your family, circle of friends, or even within yourself your own #FirstWorldFriday. Remember – In one breath purge your silly worries, in a second express gratitude.

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4 thoughts on “#FirstWorldFriday: My cleaning woman was slow with the laundry which made me late for my vacay.

  1. Tomorrow I’m taking my kids at 9 am to break ground for their elementary school garden, and then my son has 2 football games starting at around noon. Then I have to take my daughter for tennis at 3 pm, and my son’s Cub Scout Blue and Gold dinner is at 5. How on earth is my son going to be able to take a shower and get into his clean uniform for the Cub Scout Arrow of Light ceremony??? #FWF

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