Saturday, January 23, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
One of my favorite quotes from a movie is in Elizabethtown, and it goes like this, “If it wasn’t this, it’d be something else.” The dad in the movie had passed away. The quote had been his motto in life, so the family hung it on a banner at his funeral. Now to some, this may sound grim, pessimistic, or at least like inappropriate humor. But I really like it. I have a tendency to freak out when surprised by things that are not planned. It is a control thing and fellow control freaks totally get it. Anyway, Parker, bless his heart, had some difficult issues in infancy (reflux, colic, chronic constipation, allergies, eczema). Shortly after having him, I remembered that quote from Elizabethtown, and it helped me actually to relax a bit. My husband and I would chuckle and say, “If it wasn’t this, it’d be something else,” when faced with challenges day to day. It helped remind me that everything would eventually be ok, and in the meantime, you have no choice but to go with the flow. There are just some things you don’t have much control over. You might as well throw up your hands, go along on the ride, and think, “If it wasn’t this, it’d be something else!” The reason I remember this quote today is that I have another annoying medical thing going on, and Parker is starting to get an ear infection. I spent some time earlier fretting over these annoying turn of events, and then I remembered that quote. I laughed a little to myself. There’s just no use in worrying or attempting to control the situation, and sometimes these things are unavoidable. I’m just along for the ride.