Wednesday, October 8, 2008

You might think...

You might think that I live in a really crappy neighborhood because we were burgled. But we don't. Sure, Michael and I live within the city of Seattle's city limits. We live about 7 miles from the downtown business area. Yes, it is city but it is very suburban too. We live in a community that is surrounded by pleasant houses and gardens. We have parks nearby. The houses in our neighborhood are still listed at a half a million dollars.

We are getting over the robbery. I have to do the paperwork still. I have to go through everything. Michael has rigged the back door to be more secure than any alarm company could.The kids have mostly forgotten, except for my elephant daughter who can remember conversations from a year ago, almost.

The night after the break in she woke up to say this...
"Mommy, Max and Madeleine in car...
Mommy cry, Mommy said, with tears...
Man come and fix the door...
Now TV no works."

You might think that Michael and I did some terrible thing in a past life to deserve our luck. Believe me, we have thought this too. We have dealt with infertility. With failure. We have a child with a 'birth defect' a 'disability'. I had a hard pregnancy. We had prematurity. We had surgeries, medical issues, complications. We just moved. We were robbed.

When I think about this I turn it around.

What have we done to deserve a beautiful family? We have two of the most beautiful children I have ever seen. Michael and I have endured such shitty situations that we can weather just about anything. We have a very loving family. We have amazingly supportive, fun and awesome friends. My son is the smartest little boy I know. He is sweet, sensitive, clever and has the best little disposition. My daughter is the most incredible little girl. She teaches people wherever she goes. She breaks stereotypes and causes people to look twice. She is strong-willed, determined and demonstrates more fortitude than your average fifth grader. My husband is the funniest guy I know. He makes me laugh daily. He supports our home in so many ways. He works to pay for it. He cleans it, he decorates it and makes it our secure place.

I am the luckiest girl alive.

7 comments:

Jenna said...

You are so right, you have an amazing family and 2 of the coolest kids I have ever known. I am blessed to have you all as friends

Chef Jef said...

hi guys, so sorry about the break in, I wish I didnt know how violating it is to get robbed...


that being said I dont believe in the reverse-Karma idea that your past bad events create new bad actions in your future. We are here to live our lives and face the challenges that come our way regardless of our circumstances.

Every day is a new set of challenges, like wave after wave on a video game. You get a brief rest to enjoy small victories occasionally, but the world continues to revolve with or without you. Keeping with that metaphor, I have never seen such able players with hidden and overt talents and capabilities. You both continue to meet difficult situations head-on.


So many people who knew Mike from back in the day would not recognize his character today, but those who have really known him a long time understand it takes a person like him, with a woman like you, to actually be an example of how to never give up and to succeed and "beat that next level".
Here's hoping you both get high scores!

Uncle Jef

twin power mommy said...

That's an awesome attitude to have.
Some people in your situation might feel down on life with all that you've been through. But your kids ARE beautiful, precious, amazing little souls.
You seem to be so happily married...life is good!
Sorry, once again, about the robbery. Can't even imagine how that would make someone feel. HUGS to you!

Martha said...

word UP. You ARE the luckiest... Luck Schmuck!!!! It makes you who you are. And (as Ted Lee would say) it builds character. You and I are a couple of CHARACTERS alright.... And our lives are not even OVER yet!!! WTF!!!!!

love yous,
Marth

christie said...

give those two beautiful toddlers kisses and hugs for me. I miss them not hanging out at the cougar listening to them talk :0). keep your head up and know that you are a ROCK STAR

Lizzie said...

Hi guys, John (Lizzie's husband in New Zealand) here.

Just to let you know that we are all thinking of you here and unfortunately there are nasty muppets everywhere (even here, it's not all sheep!). The main thing is you move on and concentrate on the positive which you are obviously doing . I know, much easier said than done but all the very bestfrom Down Under. Chin Up

NerdyMom said...

It sucks but something like this helps you reconnect with what is really the most important in life: our family and our friends. My parents had a similar experience earlier this year - it leaves you shaken but more sure about what really matters in life.