I am so excited to share this anxiety success story with you today! Have you ever heard the phrase, “Never pray for patience”? Well, I had my lesson on patience today. Friends, don’t ever leave the baby powder out, EVER! I have taken pride in the fact that my children have never been into the baby powder. You guessed it, it happened. And it was a true test of this momma’s patience.
We had an experience once where our 4-year-old
, got into the coconut oil when he was about 9 months old, but that’s another story. Today, my anxiety was in check and I was able to laugh at the situation, instead of having a panic attack. (Please forgive the blurry pictures)
The Baby Powder Mess
“What’s that smell?” Our 9-year-old daughter asked.
“I don’t smell anything,” I replied.
“It smells like lotion,” she said.
“Lotion?!” I thought.
She walked down the hall and said slowly, “Oh…no! Mom, I think the boys got into the baby powder.”
As I walked down the hall towards the giggles in the boys’ room, I saw the trail of baby powder. My daughter opened the door and a puff of powder greeted her. She dropped her jaw as she simultaneously coughed.
I looked into the room and saw 4-year-old jump from the bed onto the bean bag as he squealed with joy at the magical puff of powder that flew into the air. In order to prevent the boys from seeing the hilarity of the situation, I immediately about-faced to find a room to giggle for a few minutes. I came back to take a couple pictures for memory’s sake and scolded them gently.
The 4-year-old turned to the 2-year-old
and said so diplomatically, “I told you this was a bad idea. Mommy is not happy about this.”
They also loved being tickled by the vacuum cleaner, and I couldn’t help but laugh at the situation. I mentally gave myself a high five for not losing my cool. People with anxiety and depression have been described as being very close to the fight or flight response and can be triggered by intense emotions very easily. Hooray for good days, and the opportunity I was given to practice my patience! And a life lesson learned…don’t leave the baby powder out.
It was a very good day.