Remember me? I’m your sister! I bet you forgot you had one since I’ve been silent on this here blog for…..cough……well, forever. I’m sorry! I’ve been off in Lime Land.
Lime Land: noun. A state of being that is interesting, tart, confused, and slightly under appreciated.
You know the saying, “When life gives you lemons…”? It categorizes things in life that are hard, and then you’re supposed to think optimistically about it to make it all better. But what if I want to know that the hard things are necessary and good, even if hard? I don’t want to just mask it with superficial sugar.
Life has been different for the past couple of months. Hard, but not really hard, per say, just…life. Limes are a wonderful fruit, perfect for understanding us. They make things interesting, different. Are they for savory things or sweet? Are they sweet and innocent or appropriate for bars and the night life? They’re all these things! Limes force someone to do a double take, they evoke thoughts of sunshine, and they’re cute and little and awesome.
Limes added to rice make a WHOLE different dinner. Limes in a pie? Nothing is quite like it – even lemon meringue pies can’t compare with the delightfulness of Key Lime Pie. Limes take mixed drinks to a whole new level – a drinkable level in my opinion. Give me a Moscow Mule without a lime and I won’t touch it. Give it to me with a lime…I’ll taste it! Don’t mask the lime, just let it meld with everything to give a richness to it.
And my favorite, a Cherry Limeade. All things wonderful in a glass.
So…we’ve been in Lime Land. Which really is just normal life. Can I give you an edited run down?
- Munchkin is in Kindergarten. It has been emotional and hard at moments. But she is doing great…and its nice to have only one kid talking my ear off all day instead of two. (Is that bad?) She’s growing up, making friends, learning new things, and none of that is a bad thing. In fact, they’re beautiful life things!
- Little Man has had an allergic reaction to something – maybe a dye free and fragrance free dryer sheet, maybe some other mysterious thing. But it doesn’t bother him! And since we have lots of fun with allergies around here, it wasn’t NOT expected.
- Our just over a year old (and slightly past warranty) dishwasher broke. We could spend the amount of money for a replacement expensive dishwasher to fix it or buy a new one. We bought a new one. A less expensive one. (Our track record for appliances is abysmal at best. Thanks Consumer Reports for teaching us that even you are imperfect.) Our kids, however, have enjoyed their “rocket ship” continually since we got it. (Yes, we’ve just had a huge box floating around our house.) So there’s been lots laughter to combat the memory of weeks of hand washing. (And the old one became a cheap therapy session for some high schoolers who broke it all into little pieces…)
- Little Man is a full blown two-year-old, which means tantrums on a daily basis. And I can’t think of anything to make this better. But he will get through it. We will survive this. We’ve done it before.
- We’ve been in and at weddings and wedding events for the past few weeks – and although tiring – weddings are always awesome.
- The weather has cooled down, which means its time for pants. Which means Munchkin Meltdowns before school because she decides she doesn’t like the jeans she picked out at the store YESTERDAY any more. Hello, mirror. Its so fun to see my five-year-old face sassing me in the same way I did Mom years ago. Sorry about those moments, Mom.
This isn’t a comprehensive list. But really, if everyone wrote down all the challenges and joys of a week (not to mention a couple months), it would be epically long.
Our Lime Land life has had its share of challenges and joys. But combined it makes for a rich life. So I’ll take a Cherry Limeade, please. Some sweetness, some tartness, and more than a little splash of interesting.